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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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What Game Are You Playing?
What, or who, do you place your confidence in? If you’re placing it in yourself, the truth is you will constantly let yourself, and others, down. Continuing our “Better Together” series, this weekend Pastor Doug taught from one of the most powerful and influential passages of Scripture, where we learned Who our confidence should be in and what we should be praying for!
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For the Note Takers
Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug’s teaching this weekend:
Make Sure Your Confidence Is in the Right Thing (Philippians 3:1–7): Don’t place your confidence in the flesh—in yourself, your works—because even on your best day, you will let yourself and others down. You can’t earn God’s favor through performance; it only comes through a relationship with Him.
Your Confidence Should Come From a Relationship, Not a Religion (Philippians 3:8–11): Our confidence should be rooted in the person of Jesus. Our focus must be on knowing Christ and experiencing a relationship with Him on a deep, intimate level. If we want to know the power of His resurrection, we have to die to ourselves first . . . that way we can experience His victory.
We Know the Final Score, But We Still Play the Game (Philippians 3:12–14): We must live with a holy discontent, striving together, pressing forward, understanding that we haven’t yet taken hold of what Christ took hold of us for. We haven’t arrived yet, so let’s fight every day to submit to Christ and allow Him to move in us.
Don’t Let Your Past Outweigh Your Present (Philippians 3:14): You can remember the past but it should never outweigh, overshadow, or derail the present or future. God makes broken things whole again; He makes old things new and dead things alive. Keep the right score in the right game . . . choose His righteousness, His team, His game, and keep moving forward.
Quote to Remember: “In Christ, it’s not where you’ve come from, but where you’re going that matters.”—Pastor Doug Sauder
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A Look Ahead
This Wednesday is our monthly Night of Prayer and Worship. As we kick off our Love South Florida initiative, we’re inviting you to take part in our Thanksgiving Food Drive by bringing in at least one nonperishable food item from the FoodShare list on this incredible night.
This weekend, we’ll continue our “Better Together” series with a study from Philippians 3:15–4:3.
Danny Saavedra has served on the staff of Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.