by admin ~ January 2nd, 2016. Filed under: Brandenburg.

I’m not going to preach a goal sermon this year on Goal Sunday, so here’s a Goal Pastor’s Desk that will summarize what I would have said if I had preached about it.  Certainly any sermon I preach could relate to goals, because everything the Bible teaches should be our goal.  However, to deal with goals, I see the best passage as Philippians 3:12-14: “12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”   One, face-up – you haven’t already attained in practice what you have in position (vv. 12-13a).  Two, forget – forget the good and the bad, that is, don’t live on yesterday’s victories or defeats (v. 13b).  Three, focus – focus on what is in front of you, reaching to what it is that you believe should be the goal (v. 13c).  Four, forge – press toward whatever the goal is that you have set (v. 14).  If you follow this prescription, it will help you in numbers of ways.  You won’t be too up or too down, will not get proud or discouraged.  You will look long term and then short term and accomplish more for God.

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