Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead - December 26, 2021

NewLife Christian Fellowship's Podcast

Jan 15 2022 • 13 mins

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. Traditionally on this Sunday between Christmas and New year’s, I give a brief sermon and then we open up the mic for a time of testimonies from all of you. It can be an opportunity to reflect on something you went through or that God taught you in the past year, or to look ahead in hope to 2022. It can also be an opportunity for those of you who have been reading through the Bible this year to share what that experience meant to you, or something in particular you took away from your trip through the Bible. I want to begin by reading Philippians 3:1-14, part of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi. I have always found this passage to be particularly relevant at New Year’s. Let’s read the passage:

Philippians 3:1-6 - 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.