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Summary: 4 of 4. Paul told the Philippian Christians the value & means of maintaining a proper level of commitment to Christ. Christians are expected to maintain their commitment to Christ. But Who will, & How? Those who maintain their commitment to Christ...

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CHOOSING EXCELLENCE Over Loss-IV—Php. 3:7-16

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David & Paula Eddins were career foreign missionaries to Sri Lanka. They were commissioned on June 29, 1993. They were certain of their calling to the foreign mission field years prior to actually being accepted by the FMB. David had to attend certain classes & show a desire to work with those of other cultural backgrounds in order to meet all the requirements. David went through the tedious process of taking classes, which he felt he didn’t need. They entire family continued ministering to the migrant Mexican workers in a Spanish-speaking mission church in N.C. Finally, with only months before they would have been disqualified due to the age of their oldest son, Eric, they were accepted for commissioning & told that they could prepare to take 600 ft3 of belongings with them to the place where they would serve. The whole family was elated! Then the weeks clicked by & as the time for their official commissioning grew closer, the family started to realize how drastic a move they were making. They got nervous because they realized, since they were lifetime missionaries, that they would only rarely, see the U.S. again. They were nervous because they were on the verge of entering into a situation where they were vulnerable because they were going to be assigned to a country whose religion, lifestyle, language & people were completely foreign to them. But being lifetime missionaries, they are going to have to conform to the ways of the people of Sri Lanka, as closely as possible without compromising the Gospel. They had to do that in order to bring the Gospel to the people on their level. They will train native people in the Gospel message & teach them how to apply it to their own particular lives, in their own particular country, facing their own particular problems, which their particular situations present to them.

?Do You maintain the level of commitment necessary to honor Jesus?

Paul told the Philippian Christians the value & means of maintaining a high level of commitment to Christ.

Christians are expected to maintain their commitment to Christ.

How can Christians maintain their commitment to Christ?

4 means of maintaining commitment to Christ.

Last Sunday morning we found that

Those who maintain their commitment to Christ...

1. SEPARATE TRASH From TREASURE(:7-8)

2. CHOOSE The TREASURE(:9)

3. NURTURE INTIMACY With HIM(:10)

Today we will also discover that...

4—Those who maintain their commitment to Christ...

FOCUS On The GOAL(:11-16)

Explanation:(:11-16)

:11—“if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

:12—“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”

:13—“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind & reaching forward to those things which are ahead,”

:14—“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

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