Presentation on theme: "Going For the Gold: Keeping the Prize in Sight! Philippians 3:8-14."— Presentation transcript:
Going For the Gold: Keeping the Prize in Sight! Philippians 3:8-14
Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb 7 th ! Goal: Gold, Silver, Bronze compare to all others, elimination Christian life/ race is different: 1. not in competition with others 2. as many as received Him -- Kingdom inclusion whosoever will may come! 3. Measure: knowing Jesus! Grace-based vs. performance
Pauls #1 Passion: Jesus Forever! Knowing Jesus Christ - vs 8 Be found in Him – vs. 9 Know: (vs 10) * Him * power of His resurrection * fellowship of His sufferings Goal: Eternity in the resurrection (vs 11)
So, What Are Measures of Spiritual Success? 1. Receive the prize/salvation – 2 Corinthians 6:2 * eternal home * new creature in Christ 2. Faithfulness in bearing fruit – John 15:5,8,16 1 Corinthians 4: Christ in you – a redeemed, restored image Romans 8:28-29 conformed to the image of His Son ** God works all things for this!
2014: Become Deliberate in Pursuit of Jesus and His Purposes How well do you know Him? * His mercies His forgiveness? * His truth His hope? His holiness? The Power of His resurrection * Overcoming Sin – breaking the old habits The fellowship of His sufferings I die daily – 1 Cor. 15:31, Galatians 2:20
Diversions to the Training – Philippians 3:8 Possessions (Jesus) what will it profit a man… Mt 16:26 Paul: rubbish # 4657 skýbalon (from #2965 /kýōn, "dog" and #906 /bállō, "throw") – waste thrown to dogs, like filthy scraps of garbage (table-scraps, dung, muck, sweepings); (figuratively) refuse, what is good- for-nothing except to be discarded Biblical counter to materialism = systematic, sacrificial, generous giving
The Audience – Hebrews 12:1-2
The Legacy of Derek Redmund 1992 Olympics, Barcelona Fast time, first round of competition Semi-final race – top 4 advance to finals 250 meters from finish, hamstring snaps 65,000 spectators roar as he hobbles toward the finish in great pain… and THEN…
Crossing the Finish Line Derek Redmund, 1992, Barcelona
I Press On Toward the Prize of the Upward Call … 2013 ??? Awesome or Awful? Turning on the homestretch… * setbacks – errors in judgment, your own worst enemy moral failures, broken dreams, betrayal, bitterness, etc. Numbers 32:23 – sin will find you out NONETHELESS: I press on… * great victories and advances await!
We All Need the Father to Cross the Finish Line in Victory For I am confident in this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will see it through to completion to the day of Christ Jesus - Philippians 1:6