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Pursuing Christ: Part Two

Philippians 3:12-14

Stephen Johns

on 25 November 2012

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Transcript of Pursuing Christ: Part Two

Pursuing Meaning Pursuing Good Works Pursuing Religion Pursuing Acceptance Pursuing Success Pursuing Christ Philippians 3:12-14 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 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 Paul is forgetting the negative Paul is forgetting the positive Persecutor Self-righteous Pharisee Arrogant Pastor Apostle Growing Believer Proper
Self-examination Prior to Communion - 1 Cor. 11 To see sinfulness - Psalm 139 To see if you are in the faith - 2 Cor. 13:5 How is Paul reaching forth? He is giving all of his might and focus on straining to know Christ more A Heavenly Gaze Colossians 3:1-2

“1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” Hebrews 12:1-2

“1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

“1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” Running for the Prize 1. Spend time in 1 Corinthians 10:1-4. How did Christ lead them in the desert and how is He leading you? 2. Where do you need to change most and where do you need to change first to be like Christ? 3. In what ways are you intentionally pursuing Christ? 4. What things are in your life that are hindering you in the pursuit of Christ (Hebrews 12:1)?
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