March 7, 2021
Sermon Title: Run to Win!! Are You a Finisher?t
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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Ecclesiastes 4:9
Scripture Text: Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Run to Win!! Are You a Finisher?
Summary: This is a message about staying the course and finishing our Christian walk strong. Many Christians start off on fire and strong but it doesn't matter how you start but more how you finish.
This morning I want to ask a question . . what's more important, how you start a race or how you finish?
Too many so-called Christians that I have known - started the race with grit and fire - but today - they are no longer running the race.
God expects us to run - no matter how long it is or how many obstacles get in the way - with Him everything is possible.
1. FANS OF THE FAITH
Hebrews 12:1 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses (fans of the faith)..."
2. ENTER THE RACE
God did not call any of us to be sitting on the sidelines...we are also not the fans.....we are to be the runners; running the race
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9:24 to run the race to win - we should run expecting to win.
3. Obstacles Will Come
Hebrews 12:1 "...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin
that so easily entangles us..."
4. We Are Not Alone
Hebrews 13:5 "God has said, I will never fail you. I will never abandon you" (NLT)
Not only that, this race that we are running in...has many members running with us.
5. Focused on the Prize
Paul says that he runs to win...focused on the prize...it is his focus that keeps him in the race
It is easy to get focused on the wrong things...world's pleasures...temptations...things
But we must keep our focus steady on the prize...
The prize is eternity with the one who is our forerunner...our champion...our deliverer...our Savior
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