Understanding the Text
- Rejoice in the Lord (v.1)
- Look out for false teachers (vv.2-3)
- Renounce worthless works of the flesh (vv. 4-6)
- Embrace the surpassing value of knowing Christ (vv. 7-11)
- Press on toward the goal (vv. 12-14)
Five Foundation Principles of Knowing God
- God has spoken
- God is Lord and King
- God is Savior
- God is triune
- Godliness means responding to God’s revelation
How do we turn knowledge about God into knowledge of God?
We turn each truth that we learn about God into matter for meditation before God, leading to prayer and praise to God.
Evidence of Knowing God
Those who know God have great…
- energy for God
- thoughts of God
- boldness for God
- contentment in God
Applying the Text
- Do you want to know God better?
- Renounce lesser things
- Pursue knowledge of Christ