Philippians  –  BECOMING

[ Philippians 2:12-18, 3:1-11, 3:12-20 ]




At Maple City Chapel we tend to set a very low bar for belonging and an infinitely high bar for who we are becoming.  Our criteria for “belonging” is so wide open nobody should be left out and our criteria for “becoming” is so high nobody can say they have reached it.  Everyone is invited on this journey of becoming who Jesus is making us into.  Who are you becoming?

“Watch out for the dogs who say….  You must be _______________ to be saved”  [ Phil 3:2 ]


Philippians 3:12-20

12I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

15Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. 16But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

17Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example. 18For I have told you often before, and I say it again with tears in my eyes, that there are many whose conduct shows they are really enemies of the cross of Christ. 19They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. 20But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives.


There is a ‘becomer’ inside of you!  Press on to finish the race marked out for you!

Your greatest life’s transformation will come only after you fully surrender to God!


Discussion Questions:

  • Think about your life 5 or 10 years ago.  What has changed?  What has influenced you to BECOME the person/parent/employee/Christian you are today?  
  • How would you describe a “surrendered life”?
  • If all of life’s greatest transformation happens after we surrender to God – why do you think many people have a hard time surrendering to God?