Pressing Toward the Goal (Philippians 3:4b-14)

Pastor Steve NewtonPastor Steve Newton, October 8, 2017
Part of the Phillipians series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

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Tags: Benjamin, Christ, circumcised, faith, heavenly call, Hebrew, Israel, Jesus, law, loss, prize, rubbish, suffering

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About Pastor Steve Newton: Pastor Stephen E. Newton Education B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education, Stephen F. Austin State University (1977) M. Div., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1983) Service: First Presbyterian Church, Coleman, Texas – Pastor (1983-1986) First Central Presbyterian Church, Abilene Texas – Associate Pastor (1986-1991) First Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Texas – Pastor (1991-2003) Westminster Presbyterian Church, Nacogdoches, Texas – Pastor (2003- present)
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Philippians 3:4-14

though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

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