Action: Life on the run

admin March 9, 2009 0

I got a few requests for my notes on my last message at Thirst, college ministry, so I decided to post them here. Looking at my notes and remembering when I spoke I realized I go off my notes way too much haha! Enjoy.

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Action:  Life on the Run!

I. Introduction

  1. Imagine your in a race. (Fire gun!)
  2. Story of being in Track & Field
    • Wearing Reebok’s pump shoes
    • Not taking it seriously
    • Losing horribly in track meet
  3. Hebrews 12 – The Race is the illustration of what Paul is teaching
    • Tonight we are going to be exploring a Life on the run. Not running from something but running to something.
    • We’ve been studying Action and all different aspects of Action. From the call to action starts at being at Jesus’ feet and Also stepping out in faith and obeying the call. One of the most know verse of Action is in the Book of James
      • 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person ​be quick to hear, slow to speak, jslow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore ​put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with l​meekness the implanted word, ​which is able to save your souls.
        22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, o​the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, p​he will be blessed in his doing.
      • This book was encouraging Christians who were being persecuted for their faith! So they were scattered around and James was encouraging them to stop flirting with the world because God is a jealous God, playing off the words dealing with relationships. Some were losing hope but James reminds them the true blessing will come because the word is in your soul!
  4. Paul is speaking to a people of a different context in the book of Hebrews. A church that started strong but then began to slow its pace.John Piper Calls it a church that is Meandering. People who were in a standstill and in danger of going backwards. People who are starting to settle for okay. For average. For barely passing. We can see the angst and concern in Pauls words when he tells the people
    • Heb 2:1,3 We must pay much closer attention to what have heard, lest we drift away! How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation!
    • 3:12 12 Be careful then, dear brothers and sisters.[a] Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. 13 You must encourage each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God.
      • Getting lazy when they meet with each other.
    • 5:12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.[a] You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.
      • You’ve been here for years and yet you are still in the same place! You should be teaching people already!
    • 12:12 So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13 Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
      • No motivation, no more purpose. Its like going to the gym going in getting on treadmill after 5 min stare at the weights pick up a 5 pounder do one curl, yawn, and go home!
      • Losing their expectancy and appreciation
    • 11 He reminds them of all that has come before them and what amazing things they have done and what was accomplished
  5. So now with this whole context Paul firmly tell this church in chapter 12
    • (Amplified)  1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.(A)

II. Transition

  1. This is the place I want most of our focus to be because with a Life on the Run we can easily fall into the same side track that Hebrews were on and lose our drive, our purpose and begin to simply just settle for almost average.
  2. Especially with us being part of such a great church it can be so tempting to just take the back seat and let pastor mike and the staff drive. But God doesn’t want us to have a second hand faith! God doesn’t want us to have a backseat faith! He wants you, you, me in the driver seat!
  3. So the first gem I want to pull out of this rich text for a Life on the Run is…

III. Main Points
1. The Runner

  1. A Runner must strip off all unnecessary weight
    • The question is not “Is it a sin?” but “Is it an unnecessary weight?”
    • James 1:21
    • Joshua’s new clothes
    • A person running with weights is not a runner but a moving target!
  2. A Runner must run the appointed course
    • Where is our course? Where are you going?
    • Patient Endurance
    • Stead and active persistance
    • Matt 6:33
    • Without a course you might as well run in place

2. The Motivation

  1. A Runner must remember who came before them! (Run with Faith)

    • Men of the past who lived by Faith – Past to Present (Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Aimee Mcpherson, Billy Graham, Ralph Moore, etc)
  2. A Runner must keep their eyes on Jesus
    • During the Isthmian games the goal would be the king because he held the prize!
    • Just like a dog race all the dogs have an eye on the rabbit, take out the rabbit and the dogs don’t know what to do
    • Follow the line in the dirt etched out by the cross of Christ
    • Leader and source of our faith

IV. Conclusion

  • Now Run!
  • This is not a trial run!
  • Why are you here?
  • Let us not become like the Hebrew church and lose our momentum!

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