Sermon Recap: Self-Confidence : Faith (Philippians 2:12-13)

This is a recap of the latest sermon in our series, Get (Outta) Your Own Way

The world believes that many of our problems can be solved by having more self-confidence. What we really need is to see that self-confidence is self-defeating and why true faith is Christ-confident.

1. Why Self-Confidence is Self-Defeating

The world says over-confident people must learn to humble themselves while under-confident people should learn to act more confidently. The problem for both solutions is that we’re still told to depend on ourselves. It’s foolish to think we can flip a switch and become who we desire to be.

2. Why Faith is Christ-Confident

This is why faith is better than self-confidence. It leads us to be confident in something other than ourselves: Jesus Christ. Faith requires you to lose self-confidence, not gain it, to be dependent on Christ alone. There are three ways Paul drives this reality home to the Philippians.

A. Rely on Christ Alone

Faith relies on Jesus alone. There are always mentors and influential people in your life who will help you grow in faith but they are not God. They still fail and fall short. God’s desire is for us to put all our confidence in Him and not be dependent upon other fallen people to save us.

B. Revere Christ Alone

We are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, with the right awe and reverence of God that puts us in our proper place. Faith forces us to “come to Jesus” and realize how small and helpless we truly are. Why be confident in yourself when God has it all?

C. Recognize Christ at Work in You

God assures us we can be confident in Christ because He is still at work in us. None of us come to faith by our own power but only by the Spirit’s moving. God took all the risk, gave up all things, and made the sacrifice to love us. He alone is worthy of our faith and deserves all our confidence.

Reflection and Application

  1. How would you rate your level of self-confidence? Do you tend to be over-confident or under-confident? Why do you think that is?

  2. What are our culture’s answers to our confidence issues? Why aren’t they very helpful?

  3. Why is it about faith in Christ that necessarily draws you away from self-confidence? How is that a good thing?

  4. What does it look like for you to “work out your salvation in fear and trembling?” How should confidence in Christ play a role in this?

  5. Why should we be comforted and confident that God works in us, “to will and to work for his good pleasure?” Are there ways you’ve seen this happen in your life? Celebrate them!