Restoration Fellowship Church of Lakeland
The Joy of Looking Forward
September 11, 2022

The Joy of Looking Forward

September 11, 2022

The Joy of Looking Forward

Pastor Terry Wilcox

Philippians 3:12-16

Philippians 3:12-16
“The good old days”??

It is the  that worries us!

Matthew 6:34

Paul had another perspective: Joy results from “…straining toward what is ahead…” – v.13b

  1. Paul had a sanctified  – Philippians 3:12-13
    Paul compared himself with  and Jesus

    As one who was “mature” in Christ, he also knew that God was not done  him.

    Two dangers of self-evaluation:
      a. Thinking ourselves than we are.
      b. Thinking ourselves than we are.

  2. A compelling focus. –  v.13b
    “But one thing I do” – NIV
    “I do have one compelling purpose” – TPT
    “But I focus on one thing” – NLT

    There is nothing more important than pursuing God’s plan for  !

  3. Joyous believers focus on  
    “To forget” in the Bible means not to be by or  by. – Hebrews 10:17
    “To forgive and forget” is a nice cliché, but it doesn’t reflect reality.
  4. Achieving any worthwhile goal requires .
    The Greek verb translated “I press on” carries the idea of  . – Philippians 2:12

    Two attitudes to avoid:
      a.  must do it all.
      b. must do it all.

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