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Saturday, July 30, 2011

sERMON TEXT AND NOTES FOR 7-31-11

RUN THE RACE

 

          Text: 1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

          25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

           26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

          27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

 

Instruction for runners

 

     Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

 

     Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

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          2 Timothy 2: 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

 4No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

 

          Matthew 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them.

          22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.

 

 

 

 

          2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

          To study is to investigate. We must take a look at ourselves to see if we are living the kind of life that God wants us to live. If we are not careful, we will let things creep into our lives that are not like Christ.

 

          2 Timothy 2:16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

          23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

 

          Don't get bogged down with things that rob us of our joy and service.

 

 

 2 Timothy 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

          21If a man therefore purge himself from these (vessels of dishonor), he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

          22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

           

           24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

 

 

 

50 Yard Sprint

 

          Matthew 13:1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.

           2And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

           3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow.

 

 

 

 

           5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

           6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

 

          Stony ground:  Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.

           

           20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

           21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

 

 

1500 meter run (about one mile)

 

Marathon (Twenty six miles)

 

          Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

 

 Relay Race

 

          2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

 

          In a relay race, you must pass the baton to the next person. Don't drop the baton or give it to the wrong person.

          Don't substitute the baton for a different one. Stay with the original one.

 

RUN WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT