Pressing on towards the goal in Christ (2)
 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.  Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
Christ is the Goal that we press on toward
1. v 12「這不是說我已經得著了…竭力追求…」? 為什麼好像沒把握呢?
Not that I have already obtained…but I press on…?
Why it seems uncertain?
~ v12b 「得著基督耶穌所以得著我的」得著我的什麼呢?
To take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
What did Christ got hold of me of?
2. v 13 「忘記背後，努力面前的」
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead
3. v 14a「向著標竿直跑」 Press on toward the goal
~「竭力追求」什麼? What is it that we press on toward?
~ 為什麼不要追求神蹟(Sign) ?
Why is it not for miraculous signs?
(insert PPT of Hyme #426 Himself by A.B. Simpson verse 1)
4. v 14b 「在基督耶穌裡從上面召我來得的獎賞」
To win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus
~ 要得獎賞是否自私? Is it selfish to aim at receiving the Prize?
二. 追求基督標竿的秘訣 The secret to press on toward Christ
1. Desire, unfulfilled 渴望，不自滿 (v 12, 13a)
2. Devotion, ahead 專注，向前 (v 13-14)
3. Discipline, utmost 紀律，竭力(v 15-16)
三. 如何在日常生活中應用? Life application
1. 不能帶走的，要知足 ; 能帶走的，要追求。(陳天予長老)
Be contented with what we cannot keep; seek after those that we can keep.
2. He is no fool, who gives up what he can not keep, to gain what he can not lose.
放棄不能帶走的, 換取不會失去的, 絕不會是傻子