Sermon on Moving Forward in Faith

 "Moving Forward in Faith: Embracing God's Promises"

The theme of moving forward in our faith journey. As believers, we are called to press on, forgetting what is behind, focusing on the goal, and trusting in God's promises. In this sermon, we will reflect on the wisdom of Philippians 3:13-14, 2 Corinthians 3:18, and the power of faith as demonstrated in Matthew 17:20.

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I. "Forgetting What Is Behind" (Philippians 3:13)

Our journey of moving forward begins with the apostle Paul's words in Philippians 3:13: "But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead." To move forward, we must let go of our past mistakes, regrets, and the things that hinder our progress. The Christian journey is not about dwelling on the past but pressing on toward the future, embracing the new beginnings that God provides.

II. "Looking Steadily at the Target" (Philippians 3:14)

Paul continues in Philippians 3:14, saying, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." To move forward effectively, we must keep our eyes fixed on the prize, which is the high calling we have in Christ Jesus. This focus on the goal helps us navigate life's challenges with purpose and determination.

III. God's Promise that "We Will Go from Glory to Glory" (2 Corinthians 3:18)

In 2 Corinthians 3:18, we find assurance in God's promise that we are continually transformed from "glory to glory" by His Spirit. As we move forward, we can trust that God is working in us, shaping us into the image of Christ, and leading us into greater spiritual maturity. This divine transformation encourages us to keep advancing in our faith.

IV. Overcoming Obstacles with Faith (Matthew 17:20)

Moving forward often involves facing obstacles and challenges. In Matthew 17:20, Jesus teaches us that even a small amount of faith can move mountains. As we encounter difficulties in our journey, faith becomes our driving force, allowing us to overcome obstacles and continue our progress.

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V. "We Will Not Cease to Pray" (1 Samuel 12:23)

Our journey of moving forward begins with the commitment to prayer. In 1 Samuel 12:23, Samuel reassures the Israelites, saying, "As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right." Prayer is our lifeline to God, and in difficult times, it becomes our source of strength, guidance, and connection to the Almighty. By praying continually, we affirm our reliance on God as we move forward.

VI. "Our Strength Comes From the Lord" (Isaiah 40:31)

Isaiah 40:31 reminds us of the profound truth that "those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." As we move forward in life, we find strength in our hope and trust in the Lord. He is the source of our resilience and unwavering support. When we wait upon Him, our strength is renewed, enabling us to press on with determination and endurance.

VII. "All Things Work Together for Good" (Romans 8:28)

Romans 8:28 is a powerful reminder that "we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." In our journey, we may encounter challenges and setbacks, but we can rest assured that God is at work, orchestrating all circumstances for our ultimate good. As we move forward, we can trust in His divine plan, even when we cannot see the full picture.

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Tthe call to move forward in faith is a central theme in the Christian walk. Let us heed Paul's advice and forget what is behind, keep our eyes on the goal, and trust in God's promises. As we encounter obstacles and challenges, let us lean on our faith, knowing that even a tiny amount can lead to remarkable transformations. The Christian journey is one of continuous growth and progress, and through God's grace, we can move forward with confidence, assurance, and a steadfast commitment to our heavenly goal. May we all embrace this call to move forward in faith and trust in the unfailing promises of our loving Father.

Moving forward with hope is a journey marked by prayer, reliance on the Lord's strength, and trust in His providence. As we continually seek God through prayer, our strength is renewed, enabling us to face life's challenges with endurance. And in all things, we can hold fast to the promise that God is working for our good. May we find courage and hope in these truths as we move forward in faith. With God's guidance and the strength He provides, we can navigate life's uncertainties with confidence, knowing that He is with us every step of the way.

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