by Stan Coffey

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Priorities of a Spiritual Champion (4 of 8)
Stan Coffey
I Thessalonians 2:19

We have been talking about becoming a spiritual champion and about that day when we receive our gold medal. And there are five passages of Scripture, actually six, that deal with five rewards, five gold medals if you will. The Bible calls them crowns. The Bible says one day we are going to stand before the Lord and He is going to tell us how we did in the game of life. And I want to challenge us as a church to go on to a new level of commitment, to go on to a new level of achievement. I want to challenge you in your own individual Christian life to go on to new levels, to new vistas of prayer, to new levels of excellence in the knowledge of the Word of God, and to new levels of excellence in the application of God's Word in your daily life. I believe God want us to be a church of spiritual champions.

Paul talks about that day and he talks about a crown that he is going to receive, a crown that reflects that "The Priorities of a Spiritual Champion". What should be the priorities of a spiritual champion? Well look at what Paul says in I Thessalonians 2:19.

I Thessalonians 2:19 "For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?"

He said what is that reward, what is that gold medal, what is that thing that God is going to give to me that is a sense of satisfaction? He is talking to a group of people that he loves, people that he has led to Christ, and people that he has nurtured and ministered to. He has invested his life in people and you might say people were Paul's priority.

Look at what Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21, 19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and ...

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