PARISH MINISTER’S DESK ON 28TH APRIL, 2019

Running Your Race Well- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

The word victory is the Greek word “Nike” – it means victory or success.
This passage gives us the formula for running our race chapter 9? Paul gave us his dugout speech.

For you to be the winner

1. Proceed – Get Going
1 Cor 9:24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one
receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

Notice Vs. 24 – “All the runners run”
In order to run the race we must first begin,
• The great Nike slogan fits here – “Just Do It”

There is no way to win a race if you aren’t running. To win the race requires that you get in the race.
We cannot serve God from the starting blocks.
Winning starts when the daring to begins. It is impossible to be victorious without doing.

WE CANNOT EXPECT GOD TO SAY “WELL DONE” IF WE WILL NOT FIRST “WELL DO.”

2. Pursue – Keep Moving

V. 24 -Run in such a way as to get the prize
This race isn’t over until we cross the finish line.
If we want to win the prize we must pursue excellence in everything that we do.
Paul is telling us that we cannot settle to watch from the sidelines but that we must be involved.

 We must be willing to take action
 We must be willing to change our attitude
 We must be willing to keep moving – even when we feel like giving up.

Readings: 1 Cor. 9:24 – 27
Hebrews – 12: 1 – 2
Call to Worship – Hebrews 12 : 1

HYMN: Come we that love the Lord…………………
CHORUS: We are marching to Zion, Beautiful…