Run the Race Well

Hebrews 12:1-3

The Bible compares the Christian life to a foot race. We need to understand, it is more like a marathon than a sprint, and as Christians, we need to finish the race well.

> How do we run the race well? By running hard to the end!
Commitment, Sacrifice, Rearranging our priorities not just giving our spare time/
We must be ALL in!

> Why do we run the race well?
Because we love our Savior! Romans 5:8
Because we do not want to be disqualified! I Corinthians 9:24-27
Because we will receive a reward! 2 Timothy 4:6-8

> What is the basis for race rewards? FAITHFULNESS! I Corinthians 4:1-2

> Who decides who gets what rewards? JESUS CHRIST! 2 Corinthians 5:10

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Good Soldiers of Christ Jesus

2 Timothy 2:1-10

Often the Bible uses an image of an army to describe a Christian or a church. On this Memorial Day weekend, we want to talk about being “….a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

A good soldier of Christ Jesus will be….

v. 1-2 - Discipled

v. 3-7 - Disciplined

v. 8-9 - Dedicated

v. 10 - Devoted

References Matthew 13:18-23 and John 13:35

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I John 3:4-10

A world class gymnast will strive to receive a perfect score of three “10’s” in every event. Very few achieve that perfection. Likewise, a Christian will not achieve sinless perfection this side of heaven, but our passage today can show us how to live a more Christ-like life.

v. 4-5 - Rest in His provision - Our nature is to rebel against authority.

Ref James 2:10 Jesus came to take away sins because He is sinless.

v. 6-8 - Revise our old practice - Making the right choice should be the norm.

v. 9-10 - Rely on His power - Christ implants a new seed/ a new nature within us. As Christians, we have a chance to live a victorious life.

Ref I Corinthians 15:45 - We have 2 natures - the one we feed the most will win!

Care to Share

Romans 9:1-5

As Christ followers, we should care enough to share.  When did you last weep for another person's soul? 

When we stand before the Almighty God - we will all need God's mercy and grace - not fairness as some desire. 

We are called to be a witness.  A witness is someone who tells what he knows to be true.  We share Jesus Christ and Him alone.

Verses referenced:  Romans 10:1-4; James 2:10; Luke 24:45=58; Mark 10:17-22