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The Name of the Game (12 of 12)
Series: Living Ready, Vol. 1
1 Thessalonians 5:23-27
Well, if you have your Bible, please turn to 1st Thessalonians chapter 5. We've been in a series for the last, couple of months on the Book of 1st Thessalonians. Actually, we're doing 1st and 2nd Thessalonians. Tonight, we finish up the first book, and we're going to look at the last few verses of chapter 5 in a message I've entitled, "The Name of the Game."
Now, when you think of the phrase, the name of the game, there's an idiom in English, and the name of the game literally means "the bottom line." It means "the essence." You know, when you talk to people, and sometimes you'll say, "Okay, what's the bottom line here? What's the name of the game?" Now, we're inundated with football and we're getting ready to hit a lot of bowl games. And the name of the game in football basically is this: You score more than the other team. I don't care about anything else. The bottom line in football is you score more than they score and then you win. That's true in basketball. That's true in baseball. That's really the name of the game. How about the name of the game in golf? You score less than everyone else, right? That's the name of the game. You don't want to score a lot of points in golf. You want to score low in golf. In business, the name of the game is the bottom line, profitability. If you're not profitable in business, you're out of business, because nobody's in business as a hobby. You have to make money. So the name of the game is profitability. The show that is so popular, Survivor, the name of the game is survival, right? You just want to be the last one standing. Now how about in the Christian life: What's the name of the game in the Christian life? One word - Sanctification. Sanctification is the name of the game. That's the bottom line of what the Christian life is all about. First Thessalonians chapter 5, verse 23, is a prayer. Paul says this: "Now may the ...
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