God's Rulebook For The Christian Race (16 Of 19) by Johnny Hunt

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Johnny Hunt
Phil. 3:15-21
September 26, 1999

INTRODUCTION: The Bible is full of stories of great
men and women of God who began the race with great
success but failed at the end because they disregarded
God's rules. In the Greek games, the judges were strict
and any infringement of the rules disqualified the athlete.
He did not lose his citizenship (though he disgraced it),
but he did lose his privilege to participate and win a prize.
In verses 15 & 16, the "spiritual rules" are laid down for
the race. Again, in I Cor. 9:25. "And anyone who
competes for the prize is temperate in all things"
(exercises self-control) which is evidence of the Spirit-
controlled life. (Gal. 5:23)

Paul shared this same insight with his son in the faith,

2 Tim 2:5, "And also if anyone competes in athletics, he
is not crowned unless he competes according to the

Understand that in the Christian race a believer that does
not follow these rules does not lose his salvation, but his
rewards. The Greek runners did not lose their
citizenship, but they did lose their crowns.

1 Cor 3:14-15, "If anyone's work which he has built on it
endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is
burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved,
yet so as through fire."

At the end of the race each runner will stand before the
Judgment Seat (Bema), the very same word used to
describe the places where the Olympic judges gave out
the prizes.

Rom 12:10-13, "Be kindly affectionate to one another
with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one
another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving
the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation,
continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs
of the saints, given to hospitality."

ILL. Justin Wakefield. To those of us in the stands he
came in second place. Someone else w ...

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