4/24/2005 ~ Life is a Race
... let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, ...
~ Hebrews 12:1-2
When running, time can seem endless.
Many ask what can we do to be saved?
The simple answer is to get baptized.
~ Being a Christian is a long race, not a sprint.
The course is designed by God, not man.
... "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" ... ~ Acts 16:30-33
The Philippian jailer was saved from previous sins.
He didn't want a watered down answer.
I've only got one chance.
I want the right answer.
... he is not crowned unless he completes according to the rules.
~ 2nd Timothy 2:3-5
... Run in such a way that you may obtain it. ... ~ 1st Corinthians 9:24-27
Course is set before us.
We have to finish our course.
Don't disqualify yourself.
... that Jesus Christ is in you? - unless indeed you are disqualified.
~ 2nd Corinthians 13:5
Guideline to eternity.
\_Word of Life.
Instructions are to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.
.. present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, ...
~ Romans 12:1-2
... unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, ... ~ Hebrews 12:2
He laid out the course and finished it.
He is waiting for us there.
Victory is in Christ.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
~ 1st Corinthians 15:57
... He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. ... ~ Hebrews 11:1-13
Enoch, Noah, Moses, etc. have already won or finished.
"... Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life."
~ Revelation 2:10
When you're through you quit.
Until the point of death or worldly choices derail one's efforts.
... he who loses his life for My sake will find it. ~ Matthew 10:32-39
Course is a marathon
\_Think of yourself (focus)
... "Be saved from this perverse generation." ~ Acts 2:40
... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; ...
~ Philippians 2:11-12
... that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. ~ Philippians 2:16
... so that I may finish my race with joy, ... ~ Acts 20:24
Have you been thrown off your course?
Have you stopped your course?
... who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth ...
~ 2nd Thessalonians 2:10
Life is a Race.
\_What must I do to be saved?
"You know the commandments: Do not ..." ~ Mark 10:19
I will run the course of Your commandments, ... ~ Psalm 119:32
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