Focusing Forward

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The sermon "Focusing Forward" by Pastor Robbey encourages the congregation to prioritize Jesus and let go of distractions and failures. Drawing from Philippians 3:13-14, Pastor Robbey uses the apostle Paul's transformation from persecutor to follower of Jesus as an example. He emphasizes the need to release regrets and trust in God's grace while focusing on God's plan for our lives. The sermon offers hope, encouraging individuals to move forward, embrace forgiveness, and live out their purpose in Christ.

Think it Over

1. What are some practical ways we can set aside distractions and focus on Jesus?
Context: Pastor Robbey emphasized the importance of focusing on Jesus and pursuing Him above all else.
Application Question: What are some distractions that you are struggling to set aside in your life right now?

2. How does the Apostle Paul's transformation story in Philippians 3:13-14 encourage you in your faith journey?
Context: Paul's past involved persecuting Christians, but after meeting Jesus, he changed his life and became an influential apostle.
Application Question: How have you experienced transformation in your own life since encountering Jesus?

3. Do you find it hard to let go of past regrets and focus on the future God has for you? Why or why not?
Context: The sermon emphasized the importance of moving forward from our past mistakes, just as Paul did.
Application Question: What might be holding you back from fully embracing God's forgiveness and grace in your life?

4. What are some specific examples of ways God can use someone's troubled past for good in His Kingdom?
Context: Pastor Robbey shared examples of people with troubled pasts who were used mightily by God.
Application Question: How have you witnessed or experienced God using past difficulties to bring about something positive?

5. How can focusing on the future and our high calling in Christ help us to overcome our past mistakes?
Context: Pastor Robbey urged everyone to let go of their rear-view thinking and focus on what lies ahead, reminding the congregation of their new creation in Christ.
Application Question: In what areas of your life do you need to shift your focus from your past mistakes to the future God has for you?

Guided Prayer

• Pray for the ability to focus solely on Jesus, asking God to help us set aside any distractions, failures, or issues that may hinder our relationship with Him. 
• Pray for the strength to let go of past mistakes and regrets, and the courage to embrace the future God has planned for us. 
• Ask God for the faith to believe in the transforming power of His grace, trusting that He can use each one of us, regardless of our past, for His purpose. 
• Pray for the wisdom to recognize our worth in God's eyes, and the focus to live out our high calling in Christ.

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