The Power of the Resurrection Philippians 3:7–11 (NKJV)

Sermon notes from Dr. Greg Sloop, Lead Pastor of the Kannapolis Church of God, from a sermon preached in the Sunday 10:30 am service of April 16th, 2017.

Philippians 3:7–11 (NKJV)

  • 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

The Loss of the Crucifixion

  • 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ…
    • Change of Perspective
    • Change of Goal
    • Change of Values

The Value of the Sacrifice

  • 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
    • Be Found in Him
    • His Righteousness
    • Faith in God

The Power of the Resurrection

  • 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
    • Know Him
    • The Fellowship of Sufferings
    • Power of Resurrection

Because Jesus suffered, we will suffer.

Because Jesus died, we will die.

The fellowship of His sufferings stems from the fact that a fallen world had to be redeemed by a suffering servant.

But the suffering is not eternal; only life is eternal, when given by God.

If we suffer, and if we die with Christ; if we lay our lives on the altar in order to receive Him as Savior and Lord, we will experience the power of the resurrection!

When Resurrection Becomes Real

John 20:1–18 (NKJV)

  • 20:1 Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

    Suffering through the loss of a Savior (Crucifixion)
    Suffering through a loss of hope (No Savior)
    Suffering through the loss of Certainty (Even the Body was now missing)

    11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13 Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.”

Crushed by Loss (Mary stood outside the tomb weeping)

Confronted by Divine Messengers (she saw two angels in white)

Confused by the Empty Tomb (I don’t know)

  • 14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?”
  • She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

Jesus speaks to Mary, but she does not even know to whom she speaks

He is offering comfort, but her sorrow and confusion do not even allow her to recognize the Savior

  • 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
  • She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher).

When Jesus calls your name, the resurrection becomes real.

Jesus will make Himself known to you if you will watch and listen.

Then you will call upon the Lord and you will be saved.

  • 18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her.

Go and tell the story of the resurrection

  • Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
  • Takeaway Thoughts

    • Suffering is the crucible that builds faith
      • Jesus’ suffering made it possible for us to believe
    • Loss is the pain in which strength is built
      • Jesus’ death won our salvation
    • Power comes through living again
      • Jesus resurrection gives us new life

One Comment on “The Power of the Resurrection Philippians 3:7–11 (NKJV)

  1. Thank you for helping me see things in scripture I have never seen before!

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