Philippians 3:8-9 Questions

Philippians 3:8b–9

8b For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

  1. What ways did Paul “suffer the loss” of his religious heritage?
  2. How have you or those you love suffered loss for Christ’s sake?
  3. Can you identify two kinds of righteousness talked about in verse 9? What makes them different?
  4. How do we receive the second kind of righteousness, “the righteousness from God”?
  5. God wants us to do the right thing and obey God’s laws. How is trying to do the right thing different than putting our confidence in a “righteousness of [our] own”?
  6. Who is the only one to do everything right and obey God’s laws perfectly? What does His obedience have to do with what Paul calls “the righteousness from God”?
  7. How does trusting in our own righteousness treat Christ’s righteousness like rubbish?

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