Pressing On

by | Apr 18, 2021 | 0 comments

These notes accompany the sermon found here.

Forgetting What Lies Behind

  • Who we were: Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 13:11; Philippians 3:2-6.
  • What happened to us in Christ: Colossians 2:11-15; Ephesians 2:4-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17.

I Press On

  • Philippians 3:6, 12, 14. “to seek after eagerly, earnestly endeavor to acquire.” See Romans 12:13, 14:19; 1 Corinthians 14:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:15; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 3:11.

For the Prize of the Upward Call

  • See 1 Corinthians 9:24.
  • The prize we strive for is the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, and it consists of so much, that no sermon can fully describe it. It is a call to know Jesus Christ, and the power of his resurrection.  (Philippians 3:10)
  • What are we called to in Christ? To salvation, Matthew 9:13; To repentance, Luke 5:32; To follow Jesus, Matthew 4:21; Freedom, Galatians 5:13; Hope, Ephesians 4:4; Unity, Colossians 3:15; Into His kingdom and glory, 1 Thessalonians 2:12; Holiness, 1 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:15; Salvation through sanctification, 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Eternal life, 1 Timothy 6:12; A holy calling, 2 Timothy 1:9; Endurance, 1 Peter 2:21; To bless others, 1 Peter 3:9; God’s eternal glory, 1 Peter 5:10; God’s glory and excellence, 2 Peter 1:3; To be called children of God, 1 John 3:1, Matthew 5:9.
  • The Upward Call: God has called you upward.  This is directional, not positional.
  • See also Romans 11:29; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 11:1-12:2; 1 John 3:1-2.
  • The key motivation in our effort is found in Philippians 3:12, “because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” We progress from a position of victory, motivated by the finished work of Christ, and His promises to us.

Invitation

  • How will you respond to today’s message?
  • What steps will you take to keep your eye on the prize?
  • What biblical role model (in addition to Jesus) inspires you to press on? What steps will you take to be more inspired?

Just for Fun

“Pressing On” by Relient K, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGb7_X7HuV0

 

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