Reach Up: Press On

  1. Stay in the game.
  2. Stay positive.
  3. Stay with others.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)

Please Note: This sermon does include mention of suicide. If you or someone you know is suffering from thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 in the USA.

Sermon preached on November 10, 2019.

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  • After you’ve made a decision about something, do you keep obsessing about your decision or do you move on after the decision has been made?
  • Read Philippians 3:13-14. What prize is Paul talking about and why do you think that goal is his motivation? How does that prize motivate you?
  • Read Philippians 3:17. How does relational community and perseverance work together? Have you experienced a situation where this was evident?
  • This might be a little different, but let’s try it. If you were to give your own self encouragement, what would you say to yourself right now?


  • Find someone to encourage this week and find a special way to show them encouragement.
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