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Sunday, November 29, 2020 “My Determined Purpose”
Philippians 3:8-11 NKJV 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 9and 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; 10that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
3 ways that we can know Jesus
1. You can know Him Mentally
2. You can know Him Personally
3. You can know Him Intimately and Experientially
Which way do you know Jesus?
In the Bible the greek word “know” is defined by 3 words.
1. Oida - which means to comprehend mentally. Intellectual knowledge
2. Epostomai - which means to know by acquaintance, by familiarity, or by contact. Personal knowledge of.
3. Ginoskein - which means to know by experience or intimate relationship. Knowledge as a result of deep involvement.
We do not reach this level of relationship just through Bible study, prayer or church attendance.
Isn’t it true that nothing in this life totally satisfies the human heart?
Philippians 3:10-11 Ampl Classic [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] 11 That if possible I may attain to the [[c]spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
There is only one place that we can find true joy, happiness, and purpose in this life and that is found in Christ, anything else just doesn’t satisfy.