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  • Last Sunday, I continued my study of the book of Philippians. I covered the first portion of Paul’s testimony, in which he discusses his conversion from Judaism to Christianity.

    What a text!

    Here is the skeleton from Sunday’s sermon.

    TITLE: “Lay Your Religion Down”

    TEXT: Philippians 3:4-9


    THEME: The dynamics of Christian conversion

    POINT: Lay your religion down!


    I. Paul’s past confidence in his flesh (3:4-6)

    A. Paul boasting about his confidence in the flesh (v. 4)

    A. A confession (v. 4a)

    B. A challenge (v. 4b)

    B. Paul basis for confidence in the flesh (vv. 5-6)

    1. Paul’s confidence was in who he was (v. 5)

    2. Paul’s confidence was in what he had done (vv. 5-6)

    II. Paul’s powerful conversion to faith in Christ (4:7-9)

    A. What Paul gained (vv. 7-8)

    1. The extent of Paul’s loss (vv. 7-8)

    2. Paul’s estimation of his loss (vv. 7-8)

    • Paul made a definite decision (v. 7)

    • Paul made a daily decision (v. 8)

    B. What Paul gained (vv. 8-9)

    1. Paul gained the knowledge of Christ (v. 8)

    2. Paul gained the righteousness of Christ (v. 9)


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.

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