When starting something new, I tend to have two responses. Either I give myself the grace to learn and grow, or I let my past failures dictate my future. I realize the latter is unhealthy. I’m just trying to keep it real. This week I used Jeremy Camp’s song “Getting Started” to inspire me to explore the Apostle Paul’s handling of the past.
Join me as we explore Paul’s unique perspective as we learn each day of our walk with Christ is like “getting started” all over again.
In this week’s episode, I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Read in context
- Read out loud
- Compare and contrast
- Make a list
- How even Paul believes he hasn’t “arrived” — in fact, in many ways, he’s just getting started – Philippians 3:10-14
- Progressive sanctification
- Remembering we have an enemy on defense – “How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible” by Keith Ferrin
- My special offensive play to push overcome the strategy of the enemy to keep me from reading my Bible
- Contrasting Paul’s past with the goals he is reaching for – Phil 3:4-14
- Whether you are in the camp of feeling good about your past accomplishments or the camp of the broken-hearted
- Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we are complete
Just because we are positionally sanctified, we are not yet complete. This entire letter to the Philippians is full of ways we are to conform and change to be more like Christ.
Enjoy the official music video of this week’s song below.
More Than a Song Playlist
- Lyrics – NewReleaseToday.com
- The story behind the song “Getting Started” by Jeremy Camp – NewReleaseToday.com Article
- “What is sanctification? What is the definition of Christian sanctification?” – GotQuestions.org Article
- “What is progressive sanctification?” – GotQuestions.org Article
- CSB Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible: 1500 Principles To Live By by Gene Getz – Amazon Paid Link
Read Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Combat a wandering mind by reading it aloud. Focus your study on the contrast between what was behind Paul and what he was reaching for. Make note of the progressive sanctification in your own faith journey. And don’t forget, your citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for our Savior from there, so stand firm in the Lord.