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“Missiology vs. Messi-ology Phillippians 3

This one thing I do; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

Philippians 3 -1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord! It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh. 3 For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh– 4 though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless. 7 But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 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. 13 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, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. 15 All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. 17 Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you. 18 For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

When I told my maternal grandmother, Tommye, I felt called into the ministry, I recall that she told that serving in ministry was a lot like changing diapers: no matter how messy it gets you can always wash your hands and be ready to try again in just a little while.

Living a Spiritual life in a world of the Flesh: things are going to get messy.

The study of how to carry out the ministry of witness is called: MISSIOLOGY, I suggest it be known as MESSIOLOGY

Paul writes a letter of encouragement to the church at Phillippi and it calls us to see that following Jesus Christ is not neat, pretty and clean living…

He offers his own legalistic devotion to the law, the flesh, and passion in being a literal keeper of the rules…

Q: What did Paul find for all that clean living?

A: Rubbish, to have kept myself at the sake of loosing Christ.

INSTEAD… he found (vs 10)

ü  I want to know Chirst,

ü  and the power of his resurrection

ü  and the fellowship of his suffering,

How do I get the prize?

   Forgetting what binds me to the past

  • Here is where it may be the MESSIEST
  • What are you not forgetting…
    • Not keys, wallet/purse, tickets, mail
    • RATHER: holding on to millstones
    • What are you remembering that limits?
    • What are holding over someone else?
    • What is being held over your head?
    • LET IT GO.

   Straining toward what awaits

  • It is messy to strain.
    • We might break a sweat if you strain
    • No Strain, no gain the prize

   Pressing on toward the goal

  • Press on: Keep straining, keep trying,

Live knowing what country holds your spiritual citizenship.

When in heaven, live like you are in heaven..

When you are in the flesh, live like you are in heaven…

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