THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 92nd EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCALCHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: GAINING IN CHRIST JESUS
Faith Pathway/Faith Journey Topic: GAIN AND LOSS
Printed Text: Philippians 3:7-11 (NIV)
Key Verse: Philippians 3:7 (NIV)
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary 2012-2013
The self-worth of many people resides in the things that they have accomplished in this life. But what is the true value of our lives when we are stripped of our achievements? Paul believed that none of the achievements of this life are worth anything–when compared to the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus; Jesus stressed, in the parable of the lost sheep, that value resides in everyone, even the littlest and last.
Christian Apologetics emphatically tell us that Christianity cannot exist without the Resurrection. In fact, the main difference between Christianity and other religions is the reality of the Resurrection. When we look at all of the other religions of the world, they have founders who were born, lived, and died; however, Christianity is the only “religion” that worships a living Founder, in the person of Jesus who was not only born, who not only lived and died, but He rose again from the death. The apostle Paul tells us that there is no faith and hope without resurrection. A person cannot be a Christian without believing and without experiencing the Resurrection.
When one is born-again, it is nothing less than transformation from a life of sin to a life of holiness. God transforms our messed up and ragged lives into newly resurrected ones. The Holy Spirit brings changes to us. He sweetens us by taking the bitterness out of our lives. He rebuilds us into spiritual men and women, who know the power of Jesus’ resurrection. He changes our habits and desires, and our principles and practices. The Holy spirit changes our dispositions and attitudes. He changes our standards and lifestyles.
Heavenly Father, may we learn to look to You for the fulfillment of our deepest needs and desires. Grant that we may know Your Son and the power of His resurrection. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen