What Are Your Goals In Life? by Ronnie Floyd

"WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN LIFE?"
Philippians 3:8-11
April 11, 1993
INTRODUCTION:
Every now and then I like to ask children to help
me prepare my Sunday morning message. We recently
requested two of our second and third grade classes
at Shiloh Christian School to answer the following
question: "What is a goal?" Listen to what they
said ...
There are two definitions of a goal I want to introduce
to you today:
1. A goal is a statement of faith.
2. A goal is something I believe God can do
through me.
Illustration:
Various goals each of us can have.
T.S.:
In our passage of Scripture today, we learn that
the Apostle Paul had three spiritual goals. These
goals are worthy of serving as our spiritual goals
today.
I. PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.
(vs. 8-9)
Explain:
Paul said that when he evaluated all of life
by the experience of knowing Christ personally,
then everything else was counted as loss. He
said that these things, as great as they may
appear to be, are nothing more than rubbish,
which is human waste of crumbs from the table.
Paul said I will put away any successes just
to gain a personal relationship with Christ.
"And may be found in Him" - being clothed,
being converted.
What kind of personal fellowship was desired?
1. Powerful Fellowship - His deepest desire
was to experience Jesus' resurrection
power.
Illustration:
We are here today to celebrate the
resurrection of Jesus. This resurrection
power is available to each of you today.
2. Painful- Fellowship- - We benefit from
any suffering in life. Suffering helps
us to take on the same kind of death that
Jesus did. Not in form, but in experience.
Illustration:
Whatever you may be going through
today, whatever pain or trouble, God
is permitting it in order to let you
experience Jesus' power.
Application:
The only way we are ever going to know
resurrection power of Jesus in our lives is
to go through suffering. Suffering permits
the experience of p ...


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