Notes from a sermon presented by Dr. Greg Sloop at the Kannapolis Church of God on Sunday, May 27, 2018 in the 10:30 am service.  For video of services, go to the church website,, and click on the livestream link for a replay of the services.  For audio of the services, go the the website and click on the media page.

 Part One – Imagine the Future:  Pressing On From Yesterday to Tomorrow

Leaving the Past Behind and Imagining the Future

Philippians 3:12–16 (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. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

The Tension of the Present

One foot in the past and one in the future; both in the moment, right now.

Forget the Past (…forgetting those things which are behind…)

Outdated Methods
Even the Successes That Cause Us to Lose Sight of New Possibilities

Once I envision where I am going, then I can decide what I do not need.
Why do I load down my bag with things I don’t need?
Pare down for what is necessary to get where I want to go.
It’s not where we are trying to go that is the problem. It is what you are willing to leave behind to get there.

Too many people live in the failures AND the successes of the past. What is not working and needs to be left behind?

Embrace the Future (…reaching forward to those things which are ahead…)

Look Around and Learn
Plunder the Egyptians
Buy New Tools and Improve the Old Ones
Set Godly Goals and Embrace His Vision

What is the place where we need to go?

Soulwinning (Evangelism)
Common Growth (Discipleship)
Quality Ministry (Excellence)
Common Life (Fellowship)
Outreach (Influence & Transformation)
Inclusivity (Intergenerational, Intercultural, Inter-socio-economic)

Press (…press toward the goal…)

Constant pressure, effort, work
Constant cooperation
Constant learning, practicing, expanding

Pushing a large, heavy object a few inches at a time

Be Mature (…as many as are mature, have this mind…)

Don’t take change personally
Don’t dig in your heels or draw lines in the sand
Don’t resent constructive critique
Be adaptable

Takeaway Thoughts

There are things you need to leave behind
The future is bright, so move into it
Be prepared to press into the hard work God has planned for you
Be mature in your decisions for your life and the church

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