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Nov 02, 2014

Passage:Philippians 3:12-14

Preacher: Tom Dunham

Series: Heroes

Category: Sermon

Detail:

‘Elongate’ Yourself for God!

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13,14

It is amazing how people will stretch themselves to the limit for the things they love … … …

Here are some Christian disciplines in which we can ‘elongate’ ourselves for God – along w/ exemplary Biblical & historical heroes:

  • The simple practice of reading the Bible
  • David Livingstone & his ‘twice a year Bible’ …
  • For one day this week, would you stretch your reading? …

See Job 23:12 …

  • The sublime practice of prayer
  • George Muller – prayer warrior of the 19th century …
  • Would you, for one day this week, stretch your prayer time? …
  • See I Thessalonians 5:17 …
  • Scripture memorization & meditation …
  • A Christian medical student whose grades skyrocketed …
  • Would you stretch your memory work this week? …
  • See Joshua 1:8 …
  • Giving …
  • Would you join w/ us in our Tithe of the Tithe campaign for the

Fargo Submerge Church plant? …

  • See II Corinthians 8:1-4 …
  • Fasting – the ultimate cleanse …
  • Stretch yourself by skipping a meal (or 2 or 3) this week …
  • See Isaiah 58:6 …
  • Serving …
  • Stretch yourself by committing to saying ‘yes’ …
  • See Proverbs 11:25 … & I Corinthians 16:15 …
  • Share the gospel …
  • Stretch yourself – pray for one person to share Christ w/ this week … or invite to church …
  • See I Corinthians 9:23 …
  • Early rising …
  • Stretch yourself by getting up early! …
  • A partial list of Bible heroes who rose early: Abraham        (Gen. 22:3) … Jacob (Gen. 28:18) … Moses (Ex. 24:4) …        Joshua (Josh. 3:1) … Samuel (I Sam. 15:12) … David (I Sam.        17:20) … Jesus! (Mark 1:35)

Now a few more heroes …