This One Thing I Do (Audio Sermon)
Part 1 of 2
Preacher, Alistair Begg
Sermon given January 5, 1997
Athletes set goals for years of training, knowing their progress will be gradual but steady. Similarly, a Christian’s goal of becoming like Christ will be incremental and challenging, requiring years of obedience to His calling. Teaching from Paul’s letter to the Philippians, Alistair Begg guides us in this determined, singular pursuit of Christlikeness, encouraging Christians to passionately and actively seek Jesus in all we do.
Straining Toward the Goal
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. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But 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 upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Philippians 3:12-21 — English Standard Version