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I. INTRODUCTION

A. Summary of Previous Weeks

Today we look at Paul’s present situation. The last two weeks we have studied Paul’s past (Phil 3:1-11), today we will study his present (Phil 3:12-16), and next week we will study his future (Phil 3:17-21).

If you have missed past studies in Philippians you can read them below:

Perfection Not Yet Reached (Philippians 3:12-16)

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B. Philippians 3:12-16

12I do not mean that I have already attained it, or that I have been made perfect, but I keep pressing on to attain it, for which I have been won by Christ. 13Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this, but I focus on one thing: by forgetting the things behind while stretching for the things ahead. 14I press on toward the goal, to the prize of the upward calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15Therefore, let all those who are mature think about these things. If you think anything different, God will reveal it to you. 16In any case, to which we have attained maturity on this issue, let us stay there. ~ Phil 3:12-16

C. Introduction of Passage Today

While I normally try to share jokes that relate to our passage and topic for the day, these are unrelated.

Christian Pick-up Lines

  1. “My parents are home, wanna come over?”
  2. “I didn’t believe in predestination until now.”
  3. “Is it hot in here or is that just the Holy Spirit burning inside of you?”
  4. “I was reading my Bible the other day, and I was wondering if you know what Paul meant by ‘greet one another with a holy kiss?’”
  5. “How many times do I have to walk around you before you fall for me?”
  6. “So I was reading the book of Numbers the other day and realized I don’t have yours.” (from charlesspecht.com)

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One of the most fruitful things I do is read the entire Bible every year. In this post I share with you four ways you can read the entire Bible in a year as well as which method I prefer.

4 Ways to Read the Bible in a Year

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4 Ways to Read the Bible in a Year

1. 4 Chapters a Day

Reading four chapters a day as a way to read through the Bible in a year was the original “challenge” from Dr. Jeff Harrington while I was a student at Fresno Pacific University working on my Christian Ministry & Leadership degree. In our Spiritual Formation class Dr. Harrington suggested that we have a regular schedule for reading through the Bible every year. His basic suggestion was that we read four chapters a day. Continue Reading…

In 2009 I endeavored my first attempt teaching a Bible study. It was for a men’s Bible study consisting of myself and three other men of various ages. I began leading us through the book of Nehemiah and then we spent half of a year looking at the fifteen years of David’s life before he became king.

Practices for Effective Bible Study and Teaching

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This experience teaching the Bible showed me two things:

  1. I loved teaching the Bible.
  2. I had to improve my ability to study and teach the Bible.

Recently I read the book, The Christian Educator’s Handbook on Teaching. It was a great book which outlined ten tips that can help you study and teach the Bible better.

1. Be a diligent Bible student (pp. 269-272).
Every teacher should carefully study the Bible because the Bible helps the teacher grow spiritually, it guides him, guards him against sin, and encourages the teacher to move toward spiritual maturity. Continue Reading…

A leader must be a person of wisdom.

A Leader Must Be a Person of Wisdom

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Wisdom is too lofty for fools. Among leaders at the city gate, they have nothing to say. – Proverbs 24:7 (NLT)

This verse provides a reminder that fools do not have wisdom but leaders do. In fact, when fools are around leaders they do not have anything to say because leaders live lifestyles different from fools. The wisdom leaders have has places them in a different position and social level than fools. Again, leaders must be men and women of wisdom.

What happens when leaders have wisdom:

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As a book that was written and compiled from 15th century B.C. until the 3rd century A.D., the Bible can be difficult to interpret and teach.  Yet, the Bible is God’s inspired and authored Word. As the manual and rulebook for Christians to follow it must be taught effectively.

10 Essential Tips for Effective Bible Teaching

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I recently read the book, Effective Bible Teaching by Jim Wilhoit and Leland Ryken. It was a fantastic book written to help any Christian teach the Bible effectively. Here’s the ten things I found most helpful in the book.

10 Essential Tips for Effective Bible Teaching

1. Charisma does not always equal effective Bible teaching (p. 19).
Research shows that students are poor at assessing the effectiveness of Bible teaching. Students will sometimes rate a Bible teacher as effective even if the Bible teacher only entertains the audience instead of instructing. This is important because a Bible teacher’s job is to focus on teaching truth, not on how to be entertaining and charismatic. Continue Reading…

The topics of predestination and free will are always hot button issues. Even conservative evangelicals who agree on most biblical doctrines can sometimes take different stances on whether or not someone is “predestined” to salvation or truly has “free will.”

A Study of Predestination and Free Will in the Bible

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In this post I am sharing a bibical study of presdestination and free will. The outline I am following was originally provided by J. Scott Horrell, Th.D.

I. 3 Reasons I Think People Reject the Doctrine of Predestination and Free Will

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What does the Bible say about leadership? The Bible can be used as a textbook for leadership because it can be seen as a history of God raising those who led his people according to his will. 1

Joshua's Example of Growth in God's Word

This is the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) which Joshua advocated so strongly for his people to follow and obey. This picture was taken at the Dallas Holocaust Museum in 2014 of a Torah scroll discovered in Nazi possession.

This is the first of three blog posts where I will share the biblical history of three leaders and their unique characteristics that reflect a biblical philosophy of leadership.

Joshua’s Example of Growth in God’s Word

The example of Joshua displays the growth of a leader in God’s Word. That growth started in the book of Deuteronomy. Addressing the nation of Israel Moses declared, Continue Reading…

Notes:

  1. Andrew Seidel, Charting a Bold Course: Training Leaders for the 21st Century (Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2003), 25.

In today’s blog post I share twelve leadership principles from the book of Nehemiah.

12 Leadership Principles from the Book of Nehemiah

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Nehemiah is viewed as one of the great leaders and managers of the Old Testament. He led a group of Jews living in Judah to rebuild the walls and gates of Jerusalem in only 52 days! Here are twelve brief leadership principles from the book of Nehemiah. Continue Reading…

One of the important qualities of a leader is hard work. Being a hard worker does not make someone a leader, but it is an important quality of a leader.

Why Hard Work is ONLY a Quality of a Leader

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In today’s post I will examine Proverbs 12:24 and look at the topic of leadership and hard work. Proverbs 12:24 (NLT) declares:

Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.

When examining the Hebrew text of this verse I see a few additional things here: Continue Reading…

As wisdom literature the book of Proverbs provides succinct and poetic biblical advice. Most of the proverbs are from King Solomon but there are other proverbs from King Lemuel and Agur.

In this blog post I will share six verses from Proverbs related to leadership.

Insights on Leadership from the Book of Proverbs

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In the book of Proverbs the word leader or leadership occurs six times. This is based on the New Living Translation and the NLT Comprehensive Concordance.

1. Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership a nation fails; there is safety in having many advisers.

This proverb emphasizes the necessity of a leader to have a team around him. He needs a group of people who share his values but also offer different strengths and perspectives on the work he is attempting to lead. Continue Reading…