Growing up to be Like Jesus

Sermon from CCM Ladybarn


This sermon was preached by Sam Davies at the Ladybarn site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 27th October 2019.


This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Withington in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Philippians 3:12-21.

Straining Toward the Goal

12Not 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. 13Brothers, 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, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

17Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.


Knowing Jesus

      • “Paul wants to know in a real experienced way the power of Christ’s resurrection in his life. That is, he wants to experience the same power that raised Christ from the dead surging through his own being, overcoming sin in his life and producing Christian graces” – Kenneth S Wuest

Growing up in Jesus

      • Forgetting what is behind – “It is deception to live either in the past, or even in the future; God wants us to live in the present – because that is where eternity touches us now” – John MacArthur
      • Reaching forward to what is ahead.
      • Pressing on toward the goal of the upward call of God.

Community in Jesus

      • Keep your eyes on those who also walk according to the example you have in us
      • “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 11 v 1


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