These three men here have their eyes on the prize and understood that they had a part to play, and gladly did it because they saw something better ahead of them. In these verses we see how faith should work on three different levels in our lives so that we too can play our role and end our lives well.
1.Inconvenience of the Cross
2. Identification With Christ
3. Ineligibility of the Crown
A. If you're faking a role/responsibility
B. Fiddling With the Rules
C. Falsifying Results
Becoming a minister is a stewardship from God. We are servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful, it says in 1st Corinthians 4: 1 and 2. And so, at this time, I want to give a charge to you, Ed, and also to you, my brethren, in relation to his future ministry among us. I pray Ed's ministry will being glorifying to God and that it will edify all of Christ's dear people in this place.
There are certain things which I would have us all to remember which come to us from these words of Paul to Timothy. 1st of all – We should all remember the importance of the preaching of the word. (verses 1-4) 2nd – We should all remember to be watchful and fight the good fight of faith. (verses 5-7) And 3rd – We should all remember the crown of righteousness which Christ will give to those who are faithful. (verses 8)
Written for those struggling with various trials,
the book of James points out issues that God's
people must continue to grow in.
Praising God by how we live is the goal in the
midst of difficulties.
Kevin Pulliam continues the James series.
We are a new creation in Christ, the old is gone, behold all things are new. Do we understand what this means? Do we live this way? Let us not return to our old ways and habits but live into the newness that Christ purchased for us.
Paul exhorts brethren to put off the old man of flesh. He's not addressing the wicked. He addresses the redeemed who believe Christ is all. This is an encouraging word to those who, like Paul, "press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14). Everything Paul says in this chapter is a work of grace that must be wrought in us by the Spirit of grace. We cannot put off the flesh, by the works or will of the flesh. These exhortations teach us our insufficiency, and show us our need of Christ. We are quickly confronted with the law of sin bringing us into captivity, and warring against the law of our mind written in our hearts by the Spirit. Through this warfare our Lord shows us our need of Christ and that "without [him I] can do nothing" (John 15:5). Through this understanding we cry out like Paul for God to save us and keep us through Jesus Christ (Romans 7:20-25). By this way our Lord grows us in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We further learn patience and graciousness with our brethren, who are just like us, and need grace.
The apostle Paul uses the athletic metaphors of a race and a battle to describe the Christian life. The runners and fighters are the new Israel, the Israel of God, and the last three verses of 1 Corinthians 9 introduce us to the old Israel described in the first thirteen verses in 10. The correlation between the two, Christians and Israelites, helps to define the race as the Christian life moving toward Jesus Christ who has the victory and is sharing the prize with all of his brethren and it helps us to define the battle throughout the Christian life against sin, both the internal and external. Because Christians have victory, they are equipped for the race and the battle. God, who is faithful, makes a way to overcome sin and achieve the incorruptible crown through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Christians are called to a new life with a new purpose in Christ. Most people determine their purpose based on an inventory of their personal capabilities, but God has a very different process. Join Pastor Julian in this message as he works through Philippians 3 and shows us how the power of the resurrection applies to everyday life.
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.