Pressing Forward – Gospel in Life
Sermon

Pressing Forward

Tim Keller |  August 13, 1995

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Series:
Topics:
  • Discipleship and Spiritual Growth
  • Christian Living and Obedience
  • Understanding the Gospel
Duration:
37:34
Scripture:
Philippians 3:7-14
SKU:
RS 62-11

Philippians 3:7–14

Being a Christian means having a strong focus and dedication, similar to a laser beam, aiming at a single point. Paul shows us in Philippians 3:12-14 that our journey to understand Jesus and achieve spiritual growth isn’t just a casual walk in the park. This path, ignited and guided by a spiritual laser beam, leads us to experience a deep and powerful spiritual change, as we strive to become more like Christ in our focus and dedication.

1. A Christian is ignited by a spiritual laser beam

Being a Christian isn’t about trying to make ourselves better through our own efforts. It’s about realizing that God’s powerful love is chasing after us. This amazing truth starts a deep spiritual journey, changing how we see our faith and making us realize how important our relationship with God is. The heart of Christianity is in the life-changing love of God, which is always there even before we start looking for Him.

2. A Christian becomes a spiritual laser beam

Being a Christian means fully committing to God, which requires a total change in how we see things and what we value, not just learning new facts. This change, as Paul demonstrated, influences why we want to be good people and changes how we treat others, promoting understanding, humility, and living out the message of Jesus in all areas of life. Being a Christian is about having a personal relationship with God, passionately trying to understand Him better, and overcoming anything that gets in the way of this goal. The ultimate aim is to truly know God, not just say we believe in Him.

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