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Pattern of a Spiritual Champion (5 of 8)
Series: GOD'S OLYMPICS
I Peter 5:1-4
Well today we are talking about the "Pattern for a Spiritual Champion" and our text is I Peter 5. And in these messages we have been talking about God's Olympics and how to be a spiritual champion, how to go for the spiritual goal, how to go for the goal that is going to last. We have been looking at passages of Scripture that deal with God's rewards for His people that the Lord has promised He will give out one day. The Bible calls these crowns.
And actually this word crown came from the ancient Olympic games. The Olympics were very much a part of the ancient world and these contests were held throughout the world at that time. They had great stadiums just as we do today. The athletes were there participating in many of the same contests in which they participate today. And when they would win the race or when they would win the contest, whatever kind of athletic event it was, they would come and stand before the judge. The judge would be on a platform from which he could see the race or judge the contest.
Then they would get their reward, a stephanous. A stephanous was a reference to a little, laurel wreath that made a crown. And that was the reward that they received for winning the contest, not a gold medal like we have, but a stephanous, a crown. The Bible talks about the stephanous, the crowns that the Lord will bestow upon us one day. We have talked about that crown which is the soul winner's crown and we have talked about the incorruptible crown that will not fade away, the crown of glory.
And today we are going to look at what is commonly known as the pastor's crown. So, today is going to be a little bit different, I am not going to preach to you, I am going to preach to me. And in so doing, I am going to let you listen in with this in mind – do you know what God requires of me? He requires this of all of His people but particularl ...
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