Go For The Gold

Scripture Passage: 
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
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Introduction: Paul used sporting events to describe the spiritual life. He especially used the foot race. Believers are compared to runners in a race. Are you ready to run so that you may obtain the prize?

  1. THE COURSE (Acts 20:24)
    1. There is a Course for the Believer
    2. Each Course is Personal – “my course” (2 Corinthians 4:1)
    3. The Course Can be Finished
  2. THE CROWD (Hebrews 12:1)
    1. They Challenge us by their Testimonies
    2. They Cheer us with their Encouragement
  3. THE CONTROL
    1. Temperate in All Things (1 Corinthians 9:25-27)
    2. Run the Race with Patience (Hebrews 12:1)
  4. THE COMPETITION
    1. Run to Obtain the Prize (1 Corinthians 9:24)
    2. Lay Aside Every Weight (Hebrews 12:1)
    3. Don’t Look Behind You (Philippians 3:12-13)
  5. THE CHEATS
    1. Those Who Run in Vain (Galatians 2:2; Philippians 2:15-16)
    2. Those Who Run Unlawfully (2 Timothy 2:5)
    3. Those Who Quit the Race (Galatians 5:7; 6:9)
    4. Those Who become Castaways (1 Corinthians 9:27)
  6. THE COMPLETION
    1. By Looking Unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:2-3)
    2. The Joy Set Before Us (Hebrews 12:2; Acts 20:24)
    3. By Finishing the Course (2 Timothy 4:7)
  7. THE CROWN
    1. The Prize (1 Corinthians 9:24)
    2. The Mark (Philippians 3:14)
    3. The Masteries (2 Timothy 2:5)
    4. The Crown (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

Conclusion: How are you living your life? Are you simply surviving? Or, are you going for the gold? We should ask David when facing Goliath: Is there not a cause? Get off the sidelines and get in the race. We have a race to run for our Lord!

David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25:26

A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.