Have you ever wondered why Scripture isn't easier to understand? In this message, Pastor Jesse walks us through the concept of the clarity of Scripture. He goes into the doctrines of the illumination of and perspicuity (clarity) of the Bible. You'll discover how the Holy Spirit is our Teacher and that the Bible really is meant to be understood. Listen and be encouraged to know that you CAN understand the Bible, and you can know the God of the Bible.
In earnest and earthy language, Paul sets himself up as an example of a man upon whom Christ has laid hold; a man who knows he has not already attained, is not already perfected, and has not yet laid hold of that for which Christ has laid hold on him; as a man who—forgetting what is behind and stretching forward to what is ahead—presses on to lay hold of the goal; and, as a man who pursues with all his heart the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
"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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13-14)
As Christians we forget the past in faith, reach to the future in faith, and continue forward in faith. We are always moving away from what we were and toward what we are to become in Jesus Christ.
This type of righteousness is the kind that's of Christ that comes from moral conformity to His will, the instructions contained in His word. Not the righteousness that's imputed to us, but one that's a work in progress that comes from growth in every area of our lives being submitted, humble, and obeying in all things in which His Spirit guides and leads us to will and do.
This is one of those truly written for us in this day, who put on Christ's righteousness, which causes us to hunger and thirst to be filled after we taste and see that the Lord is good. It develops ever increasing faith in us, having that hope that helps us to purify ourselves through the washing of His word, for all of His commandments are righteousness.
The righteousness which can stand before God must be entirely conformable to His will. Because that requirement describes none of our attempts at good works to attain acceptance before God, we must trust in someone else's good works on our behalf - Christ's good works alone.
Jim Snyder continues the series on Ephesians.
Going for the Prize. Philippians 3:12-16 If you can't rejoice in your circumstances, you can always rejoice in the Lord who controls your circumstances.Christians are like runners who refuse to look around look back but keep running with their eyes on the Prize.If you are "Going for the PRIZE" in your Christian life, then you must never stop learning about the Lord. You must never stop growing in the Lord. The moment you become satisfied with your Christian life and you base your standards upon other Christians the way they live, and not on the Lord Jesus Christ. The moment that you become satisfied with your life, you will stop growing as a Christian. No Christian can afford to stop growing in the Lord. The reason why Paul was a winner in his life is because he never got satisfied in his Christian life.
Date: April 25th, 2021
Service: Sunday Morning
Series Title: The Names of God
Message Title: The Light of the World
Notes: In this story, physical vision is but a symbol of spiritual sight. Those who humble themselves before Christ will see, while those who remain proud will be unable to apprehend or receive truth, to which they have willfully shut their eyes.
Reference: John 9:5
Proposition: Do you believe on the Son of God?
Speaker: Pastor Brent A. Snow
Location: Calvary Baptist Church of Hollister, CA
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (831) 637-2909
#39 Praise Him! Praise Him!
#11 I Sing the Mighty Power of God
#383 The Solid Rock
Copyright Music: CCLI#20414529
Romans 1 marks the path that leads to depravity and eternal death. Satan wages his battle in our minds and if we would survive his assaults and his deception we had better know how the mind works. This is a very important message full of truth that will help you more than anything else in this world in having victory in your own life, training your children, and seeing to their spiritual survival, and understanding what is going on in others around you.
Paul is honest with his brethren, telling them that although he has been so blessed, he still did not know God as God knew him. "I count not myself to have apprehended:"
There shall come a time he refers to in 1 Corinthians 13:12 when we shall know even as we are known.
He tells them what he does now and would have them and us to follow him in. "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14
1/ The high calling of God in Christ Jesus "The prize"
2/ The mark
3/ Pressing towards the mark.
Three important words:
1/ Forgetting (dealing with hindrances pulling back)
2/ Reaching forth (not discouraged by distance)
3/ Press towards (through all that opposes)
To perceive is one of those things done in the flesh that profits nothing spiritually, but it can increase our abilities and accomplishments when done by the spirit. It's a sharpening of our spiritual discernment, that strengthens the Church.
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. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.