2017-04-23 | Get in the Game | am service

Hebrews 12:1-12

1. The Need for the Challenge

Christ followers who were losing their passion for living for Jesus
Spiritual tourists aimlessly sauntering through life
Thinking only of what makes them comfortable and happy –now

“We are halfhearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”   C.S. Lewis; “The Weight of Glory”

Instead of asking “How can I better live for Jesus?”
We ask “What will it hurt if I do what I want with my life?”
The Challenge: Don’t meander aimlessly, RUN! Get in the Game!

2. The Seriousness of the Challenge

“Race” – Greek word gives us our word “agony”

The Pentathlon five events in one including a grueling boxing match God’s call to run is our appropriate response to the free gift of grace
Grow up, become like Christ, live for His glory

3. The Discipline Needed to Meet the Challenge

A. “Trained” (vs11) in Greek gives us our word “gymnasium”
A gym was not for spectators but for exercise and training
Straining our muscles, building endurance
Our faith in God, our courage, commitment, compassion and patience will not grow unless these are tested, taxed and challenged

B. “Discipline”   “Endure hardship as discipline: God is treating you as sons.”   12: 7

“Everything that comes into your life is necessary.
Nothing can be necessary that he withholds”
John Newton The life-story of Joseph son of Jacob

4. Our Response to the Lord’s Discipline

A. Do not make light of it
B. Do not lose heart because of it

5. Our Motivation to Run

A. Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith Vs 2
B. The great cloud of witnesses who encourage us. Vs 1