Paul Mulroney 12th Jan 2014 (Acts 20:18-24, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, Hebrews 12:1-2)Paul Mulroney, January 12, 2014
Part of the Visitor Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Run the race
1. Run the race
Acts 20:18-24. The apostle paul talking about running a race and completing a task.
Paul said he had a task to complete.
2. We need to train
1 Cor 9:24-27. Need to work out, need to train, need to exercise. Run as to win the prize.
The prize is eternal
Training - no-one just runs a marathon. Need to prepare. Q: what spiritual preparations are you making?
Going to take effort
- Connect group
- Daily bible reading/devotions
- Men's/women's groups
3. Overcome Obstacles in the way
2 Tim 4:6-8. God has equipped us to overcome obstacles.
There will be opposition, will try to distract and discourage you, but God has given us everything we need for righteous living.
4. Fix our eyes on Jesus
Heb 12:1,2. Surrounded by great cloud of witnesses, keep the faith. Look to the goal.
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18And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, 19Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews: 20And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 21Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 22And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: 23Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. 24But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25And 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. 26I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27But 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. (KJV)
2 Timothy 4:6-8
6For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (KJV)
1Wherefore 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, 2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (KJV)