Sunday, August 12, 2012


Please Be Patient; God's Not Finished With Me Yet! 
Philippians 1:6

Learning to grow through grace is a challenge for those who have been under legalistic teaching.  God wants us to know peace even though we are not perfect.  How is that accomplished?

I.  Paul Rejects the Life of Religious Comparison.  Philippians 3:1-7

II.   Paul Received the Acceptance of God in Christ.  Philippians 3:8-11
Jesus Christ is our righteousness.
The effect of grace is not merely a desire for obedience but a sense of Divine acceptance.
Real Christianity does not flaunt its righteousness, but God’s forgiveness.

III. Paul Realized the Weakness of His FleshPhilippians 3:12-13a
Real Christianity realizes its humanity as well as its divinity that leads to humility.
Does living in peace with God mean we can live at peace with our sin?  Romans 6:1-2

IV.  One Thing that Can Radically Change A Life  Philippians 3:13b-15
A.    Acknowledging our weaknesses  "I have not arrived" v.13
B.    Forgetting our past  "Forget what lies behind" v.13
1.     To avoid spiritual pride.
2.     To avoid spiritual apathy.
Two major problems in Christian perseverance:
1.     Discouragement leading to Defeat
2.     Overestimation leading to Complacency
C.    Focusing on the future"reaching forth to what lies ahead" v.13c
Discipleship is active and aggressive, not passive.
D.    Committing to the goal"I press on toward the goal" v.14
1.     To live in continual victory.
2.     To realize continued spiritual growth.
E.     Listening to God, not man. v.15  

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