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  1. Running the race of life for god. Hebrews 11:39 – 12:3

  2. What motivates us to enter the “race” for God? • Hebrews 11:39. • To please God (the favor of God): • Galatians 1:10, Phil 3:10-12; Matt 25:21 • Christ endured for me. 12:3 • Others have entered. We race with them. • “Coaches,” encouragers. • Loved ones, friends, in Christ.

  3. Witnesses vs bystanders? • Bystander – uninterested, watches only; • Witness: • Run themselves; • Run to win for Christ; 1 Cor 9:24 • Different gifts joined. • Team sport. Unity vs the right way.

  4. How am I to run the race? • God has already set “my course”; • 12:1; the Word is “how to” manual. • God’s course or our own? • Luke 9:23-25, 14:26; Matt 11:28-29 • Serving, leading, honoring, feeding.

  5. How am I to run the race? • Lay aside encumbrances (everything that hinders) and entanglements (prevents or retards running): • The resolving of losses, disappoints. • Repenting of sins. • Excess weight – juggler at marathon • Attainments, successes. Phil 3:12-14

  6. Consider 2013: • What would you bring with you into 2014? • What would you put behind you? • Health, finances, spiritual, work, marriage, family, school? • Examine your life: 1 Cor 11:28, Gal 6:4

  7. How am I to run the race? • Fixing (“aphorao”) your eyes on Jesus: • Strictly looking away from all things but one; exclusive viewing; giving attention to one thing. • For me: feeding; loving; and leading.

  8. How am I to run the race? • Run with endurance (“hupo-meno”) – steadfast, “tarry behind” in something: • Implies stress, opposition, temptation to give up and give in; • If no adversity then are we in the race at all? • One step at a time; one goal at a time.