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Pursuing Christ

Philippians 3:12-16
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Stephen Johns

on 18 November 2012

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Transcript of Pursuing Christ

Pursuing Meaning Pursuing Self Pursuing Religion Pursuing Acceptance Pursuing Success Pursuing Christ Philippians 3:12-16 The Runner The Pursuit The Race Begins The Reach The Mark The Prize The Christian Life What is the nature of this race? What has he not obtained? “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect . . .” It is not to win salvation Sinless perfection or a perfect knowledge of Christ The Opposition The Self-Righteous The Christian Life The Christian Life The Opposition The Opposition “. . . but I follow after, if that I may apprehend” “. . . that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” Romans 3:10-12

“10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” Ephesians 2:4-5

“4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved” It is about who I am and what I have done 1:8 His zeal for Christ leads to a right love for the church

1:11 His zeal for Christ leads to right desires for believers

1:18 His zeal for Christ leads to a right perspective on sinful believers

1:19 His zeal for Christ leads to finding his sufficiency in Him

1:20-21 His zeal for Christ leads to a right view of his suffering

1:29 His zeal for Christ leads to a right view of the suffering of other believers The Effects of Paul's Desire to Know Christ in a fuller way Revelation 3:16-19

“16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Proverbs 13:4

“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Proverbs 6:9-11

“9 How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? 10 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 11 So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.” Complacency and Apathy The Spiritual Sluggard First, see how Paul related to each one of these and clearly write out the truth that is there.

Second, identify how you are not responding that way and repent.

Third, begin thinking through other texts that reinforce the truth that Paul is giving.

Fourth, begin responding in faithful obedience to that truth.
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