This Week's Bulletin

This week's bulletin

July 21st, 2024

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"Don't Give Up!" (Philippians 3:12-4:1)

Life is hard and we all are tempted to throw in the towel. In this week’s message, Pastor Blake encourages us to press on and not give up.

Philippians 3:12-16

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

1) We must admit our own weaknesses.

The way we move to full transparency is through knowing how much we are loved and accepted by God. 

The crazy thing is that being transparent actually causes many people to view us in a more positive light as well. 

2) Keep pressing on.

Paul says in verse 12 that we press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus told hold of me. Why did Christ take hold of us? To bring us into His family. To transform our hearts so we bear fruit to honor Him. To bless us with His presence here in this life. To bring us to heaven one day when we die.

Having a worthy goal in mind helps us to keep going and not give up.

Sometimes it isn’t the road ahead of us that makes us want to give up. It’s what has happened on the road behind us. That's why verse 13 urges us to forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.

Philippians 3:17-4:1

17 Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

3) Select our role models carefully.

Paul encourages the believers in Philippi to follow his example, but also to find others among them who are following Christ and pattern their lives after them. 

Unfortunately, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ (verse 18). Paul says "their god is the stomach." This means they immediately satisfy whatever fleshly cravings they have.

Who are you allowing to have influence over the way you live? Select your role models carefully!

A Prayer to Trust in Jesus

If you've never placed your faith in Jesus, pray this prayer to God:

Jesus, I believe in You. I confess that I’m sinful… but I thank you for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins. Right now I turn away from doing things my own way and I place my trust in You. I surrender to You as my Lord. I give my heart to You right now. Thank you for accepting me into Your family. I’m Yours completely. Amen.”

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