Summary: In these sermon we will unpack a very familiar passage in Philippians 3 and discover 2 things that if we embrace and keep striving to live out, this year can be different... forgetting what is behind and pressing on to what is ahead.
These Three Things
700 years before Jesus put on flesh and invaded our planet, GOD breathed the following words through the prophet Isaiah… to a people who…
• Had seen better days
• Experienced great suffering
• Lost hope
• In many ways had no one to blame for their pain but themselves
• Wondered where God was
• Longed for things to be different
Ever been there?
IF SO – maybe these 2700 year old God-breathed living and active words will speak to you as they spoke to them…
I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel's Creator, your King."
This is what the LORD says—
He who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
IN OTHER WORDS…
THE ONE - speaking to you is – the Lord, the Creator, your King
THE ONE – who makes a way where there is no way…
AND WHO – draws out and defeats your enemies (those who seek to steal the freedom and deliverance I won for you)
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. - Isaiah 43:15-19
THAT THEY – may what?
YES – it is always about His praise and glory!
AND UNDERSTAND MGCC…
WITH - a God like there is no doubt that this year can be different, amen!
WELCOME – to week two of a 5 week series that if you choose (and btw it is your choice and you are choosing)… a 5 week series that if you choose to lean into and to live out…
IS - guaranteed to make 2019 different…
NOW – in week one we talked about how if we want this year to be different that we need to GROW LIKE JESUS…
AND – just how did Jesus grow…?
Jesus grew is wisdom (intellectually) and in stature (physically) and in favor with God (spiritually) and man (relationally).
SO – it’s been two weeks… have you taken the time to fill out your Values and Goals sheets.
WHAT – kind of person do you want to be? Are you living your life for an awesome resume or eulogy?
AND HAVE YOU - prayerfully set a few – intellectual, physical, spiritual, and relational goals?
If yes… awesome
If not… why not and there is still time?
OKAY… let’s do this!
Week 2 of this year can be different
AND – in today’s 2 fairly well known passages of Scripture (one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament)…
AND FROM THOSE – 2 passages we will uncover 3 things that if you both embrace and strive to live out your 2019 is guaranteed to be different.
AND – what are these 3 things…
1. Forgetting what is behind
2. Straining toward and pressing on
3. Trusting In, Leaning Not, Acknowledge Him
(we will only be doing things 1 and 2 this morning)
OKAY – so are you ready? Are you ready to hear from God? Are you ready for this year to be different?
LET’S – start unpacking the first passage it is found in Philippians chapter 3…
Brief back story
PAUL - is writing this letter to the church in Philippi (a church that He planted in Acts 16), and he is writing it from a prison cell… AND - at the particular section of his letter, Paul is challenging some false teaching that had invaded the church – teaching that was promoting the addition of human effort - to the finished work of the cross and to the grace found only in Christ.
We will begin reading at the second half of Philippians 3:3… through verse 15
We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort,
Sounds like a good place to be… amen!
though I could have confidence in my own effort if anyone could. Indeed, if others have reason for confidence in their own efforts, I have even more!
I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless…
NOW UNDERSTAND – that was a (#1 in your class, sum cum laude, time magazine ‘man of the year’, drop the mic) resume back then…