Eyes on the Prize

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Philippians 3:12–14 KJV 1900
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
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Philippians 3:12–14 M:BCL
12 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. 13 Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. 14 I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
1. What are some key thoughts you see in this passage of scripture?
Commitment, perseverance
Perfection possible if you don’t give up (sanctification)
Pursuit - God chasing me, me chasing God
Focused on the future, Front sight focused...
2. How does this apply to you as an individual?
3. How does this apply to the church?
4. What are three ways you are going to incorporate this into your life?
Other passages that teach the same principles?
Luke 16:16 KJV 1900
16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
Matthew 11:12 KJV 1900
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Bible stories that live these principles?
What personal example do you have of a time when:
a. You fulfilled these principles?
b. You did NOT fulfill these principles?
What is the prize you need to win?
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