Sermon Notes for Sunday 21 April
PRESS ON by Natashja Kitching

Philippians 3:12-14 NIV
 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, 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,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

We need to press on and not give up! We press on by:

  • Discipline (Prayer, God’s Word & Together)
  • Strength from God
  • Persistence in God

It takes effort & determination to press on.

  • We press on in effort for SALVATION. (Luke 13:24 NIV)
  • We press on in effort for PEACE. (Romans 14:19 NIV)
  • We press on in effort for UNITY. (Ephesians 4:3 NIV)
  • We press on in effort to live in HOLINESS. (Hebrews 12:14 NIV)
  • We press on in effort to build our CHARACTER. (2 Peter 1:5-7 NIV)
  • We press on in effort to be PURE & BLAMELESS. (2 Peter 3:14 NIV)
  • We press on in effort to be a SERVANT. (2 Timothy 2:15 NCV)

Facilitation Questions:

1. Can you share of a time where you made plans & it didn’t turn out the way you thought it would?

2. We mentioned a few scriptures (above) from the bible of how we must make every effort to press on. Which of these do you feel you need to focus on?

3. What discipline can you implement in your life today to be more focused on Jesus?

4. In what areas of your life do you need to step out of your comfort zone?  

5. Falling down hurts, but staying down hurts worse. Who can you encourage today to get up and keep moving?

6. Who in your life can you invite to join your small group so that they can do life together?