- Dr. John Ojewole
- Antioch, California, United States
- John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Memory Verse: Philippians 3:12 (NKJV) — 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Text: Philippians 3:12–16
“Personally, I’ve never understood inactivity. Why a person would sit when he could soar, be a spectator when he could play, or atrophy when he could develop…(it) is beyond me!”—Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Church
Introduction: Philippians 3:12–16
1. We must not be Constricted by our Past
Philippians 3:13; Philippians 3:2–8; Luke 9:62; Luke 17:32; Genesis 19:26; Exodus 14:15; Isaiah 43:18; Hebrews 10:17; 1 Timothy 1:12–17
To “constrict” means:
1. To make smaller or narrower by binding or squeezing.
2. To squeeze or compress.
3. To restrict the scope or freedom of
“… Simply means that we break the power of the past by living for the future. We cannot change the past, but we can change the meaning of the past”. --Warren Wiersbe
“Restlessness and discontent are the first neccessities of progress.” —Thomas A. Edison
2. We must not be Complacent about our Present Achievement
Philippians 3:12–13; 1 Corinthians 15:3–11; 1 Corinthians 10:12
“The first play is not to make “there” sound wonderful. The first play is to make “here” sound awful.”—Bill Bybels Willow Creek Church
An Old Poem
Good better best.
May I never rest.
Till my good is better
and my better is best.
3. We must Concentrate on Whatever it would take to Move Forward
Philippians 3:12–14; John 10:27; Philippians 4:13; John 15:5;1 Corinthians 9:24–27; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Hebrews 12:1–3
CONCLUSION: Acts 4:12; Romans 10:13
“Aim to achieve the goal God has set for you. Spare no cost in the quest. Spare no effort in your pressing toward the mark of knowing Christ.” -- Jerry Horner.