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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: What is Paul's secret why he lived to be the writer of majority of New Testament? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that we need to press toward the goal to attain the goal. IV. TEXT: Philippians 3:13 (New Inter

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I. EXORDIUM:

What is Paul's secret why he lived to be the writer of majority of New Testament?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we need to press toward the goal to attain the goal.

IV. TEXT:

Philippians 3:13 (New International Version)

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

V. THESIS:

Press toward the goal

VI. TITLE:

Paul's secret: press toward the goal

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: 60 - 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: 3-fold purposes:

1. To express Paul's affection for the Philippian believers

2. To thank them for their gift

3. To encourage them to a lifestyle of unity, holiness and joy

D. To whom written: Philippian believers

E. Main theme: JESUS CHRIST

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Considered himself to not taken hold of it

"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it"

1. The word "consider" or "count" came from the Greek word: "logizomai" meaning "to take an inventory", "estimate", "conclude", "suppose", "lay", "number", "accounted"

It has to do with our "thinking" our "mentality"

a. "Think" about such things

Philippians 4:8 (New International Version)

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

b. Whom I "regard"

1 Peter 5:12 (New International Version)

With the help of Silas, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.

c. Be "looked" upon

1 Corinthians 4:1 (Amplified Bible)

SO THEN, let us [apostles] be looked upon as ministering servants of Christ and stewards (trustees) of the mysteries (the secret purposes) of God.

B. Forgetting what is behind

"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind"

1. The word "forgetting" from Greek word: "epilanthanomai" means "to lose out of mind", "to neglect"

a. "looks back"

Luke 9:62 (Amplified Bible)

Jesus said to him, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back [to the things behind] is fit for the kingdom of God.

b. "leave" and "Not laying again"

Hebrews 6:1 (New International Version)

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,

c. "forget"

Psalms 45:10 (Amplified Bible)

Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father’s house;

C. Straining toward what is ahead

"and straining toward what is ahead"

a. work out - cultivate, carry out the goal, fully complete

Philippians 2:12 (Amplified Bible)

Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).

b. let us run with patient endurance

Hebrews 12:1-2 (Amplified Bible)

THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

IX. CONCLUSION:

Press toward the goal

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