reater Progress -Wishing #3


OpeningScripture: Philippians 3:8-14

Bible Challenge: Read Philippians 3 every day.

Spiritual Growth - The Word, Worship, Prayer, Living Generously



12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,


12 Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that my circumstances have turned out for the greater progress of the gospel (NASB).

§  Greater - Greek: mallon-much more, by far

§  Progress - Greek: prokopē - advancement or progress



·       The first Christian church inEurope was founded in Philippi and established in 48-51 A.D.

·       Paul was arrested in 62 A.D. and put in a Roman prison.

·       While in prison, Paul wrotePhilippians, Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon.

·       The theme is Joy (used 5 timesESV) and Rejoice (used 8 times ESV).


InChapter 3

           Christ -is my goal (vs. 12-14)

           Holy Spirit - empowerment to Worship and our confidence (vs. 3)


In vs. 8-11 is setting up what he was willing to sacrifice now to go after what is best.

Recap: Last Week: Greater Progress: Change

Application - Choosing what is best over what we want now.


We do not need more things to “fix it,” we need Grit to apply what we have committed to.

Grit is submitting to what we have already committed to. The Bible word for Grit is Discipline.


Philippians 3:8-14

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 fromGod 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 Ido: 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.


Press -Greek: diōkō

to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to run after

·       to press on: figuratively of one who in a race runs swiftly to reach the goal

·       to pursue (in a hostile manner)


Goal - Greek: skopos

the distant mark looked at,the goal or end one has in view

Prize - Greek: brabeion

the award to the victor in the games, a prize


Paul elaborates on what he means in 1Corinthians 9.


1Corinthians 9:24-27

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 ButI discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.



Why are we not winning (achieving or changing)?Could the answer be many Christians believe in Wishing rather than Working?


I wish my kids were better.

I wishI could just stop _____.

I wishI could just catch a break.


Wishing never achieves consistent results.  

Wishing is an attempt to change with minimal commitment. Wishing is almost like you planned to fail.


Maybe we need to change our strategy. Perhaps we need to stop wishing and start working!

WishingOut or Working Out? - When I started vs. what I can do now.


Working is a wholehearted commitment to achieve a specific result.

Working - It is training myself to do what I can do today, to strengthen me to do even more tomorrow.


Working is not doing what I can do to achieve something. Working is doing what I can do, empowered by the grace of God, to become all he called me to become.


1Timothy 4:7b-8 “Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”


When you are wishing, you are hoping to become someone you are not.

When you are working, you go into training with discipline orGrit to reach the potential of who you already are.


When we have a mandate from God, I am not in competition with the next pastor; I'm in training to be the best pastor I can be.


Working is not a wishful experiment; it is a dedicated commitment driven by a deep reason.

WishingOut or Working Out? - When I started vs. what I can do now.

I am not carried by angels to the kitchen table, that have poured my coffee, and opened my Bible to hand deliver me the word of God.


What is winning? Winning is stepping into more of our Identity in Christ today than you did yesterday.  



It is time for you to stop wishing and start working.


The first step is realizing wishing hasn't worked, so I must surrender to his work and start training in Godliness.

If you want to start winning in _____, would you just lift your hand?


May be some of you are losing but are completely lost.