7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8a Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
- Review the good things Paul gained in the previous verses (Phil. 3:5–6). Was there anything good about those things? In what ways were they good?
- How can gaining something turn out to be a loss? Can you think of any examples where getting something good could end up in bad results?
- Why did Paul consider the good religious heritage he had gained as a loss?
- What good religious things are you tempted to put your confidence in instead of putting your confidence in Christ? / What are good things that tempt you to be confident in them instead of being confident in Christ?
- If you added together every good thing in all of creation, would that be a greater value than knowing Jesus? (consider Mark 8:34–38)
- What is so valuable about knowing Christ?
- How will people know that Jesus is more valuable to you than anything else?