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Jul 22, 2018 | Rev. Dr. K. Rick Baker

Are You Living for the Prize?

Philippians 3:12-4:1

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To grow in “this” (knowing Christ; 8-11), you must keep your eyes on “that” (the prize; 12,14), or you put yourself in danger of living like “them” (enemies of the cross; 18-19).


1. SEIZE the purpose of your calling in Christ Jesus (8-12,16).

“taken hold of to take hold of”…

 “what we have already attained”…

  • Christ Jesus as Lord
  • The righteousness from God
  • Resurrection power
  • Fellowship with Christ in frightening times

 2. STRAIN toward the prize for which God has called you (13-14, 20-21).

Keep your eyes on “the PRIZE” – when we die, we live!

“Forgetting what is behind”- no race-inhibiting distractions…

  • Self-righteous religion
  • Flesh-driven lifestyle
  • Emotion-crushing defeats
  • Coasting on yesterday’s spiritual victory

3. “Many” connected to this race substitute the prize God offers for the one their flesh craves (18-21).

  • Judaizer legalists
  • Corinthian charismatics

What controls you?  Flesh or Spirit?

This is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends! (4:1)


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