“THAT I MAY GAIN (HAVE) CHRIST”
                                                           Philippians 3:1-11 (868)

          A.  There was a man by the name of Saul (Saul was his Hebrew name; Paul was his
                Roman name) who was accomplished and prominent among the Hebrews.
          B.  He became an enemy of Christianity in its early stage.  Acts 8:1-3 (807)
          C.  One day as he was travelling he met Jesus, and he knew that his life had to change.
                1.  As a disciple of Christ in wrote in Galatians 2:20 _________________________
          D.  Our message is by the title, “That I May Gain (have) Jesus.”  Philippians 3:1-11 (868)

      I.  For Saul to have Christ, he had to give up everything.  V8

          A.  His ancestry.  V5

          B.  His religion.  Vv5-6; Acts 23:6; Acts 22:3

          C.  His plan to destroy Christianity.  V6; Acts 8:1-3 (807)

          D.  His attitude.  Vv7-8

          E.  What changed Saul?  He met Jesus.  Acts 9:1-8 (808-809)

    II.  What did Paul gain?

          A.  Christ.  Philippians 1:21; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 3:10

          B.  The righteousness of Christ.  Philippians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 (851)

          C.  The resurrection from the dead.  1 Corinthians 15:51-58 (851)

   III.  If you don’t know Christ, what would be necessary for you to give up?

          A.  You must give up everything that would hinder you from being a disciple of Christ.

                 1.  What about the approval of  your  family and relatives?

                 2.  What about your job?

                 3.  What about your influence in certain circles?

                 4.  What about your attitudes?

           B.  You might think, I can have Christ without giving up much.  Luke 14:25-33 (767)

  Closing:  1) Poem by C. T. Studd              2) Invitation