Romans, Part 12: How to Grow Hopeful During Affliction
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Today, Pastor Greg Byman preaches on Hebrews 12 and how to run you life race.
Run Your Race
Congratulations Class of 2020!
God has blessed you with this opportunity to succeed
This is one of many life accomplishments
-there are many races, events, causes, goals to choose from
-many are worthy, some not worth pursuing
The most important race- live by faith in God!
-All other pursuits in life must support this race!
-Place your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord
-Trust God’s plan for your life
-Trust that God has a bigger plan and purpose beyond your life
-Live on this earth for eternity, for a lasting reward from God!
Run your race!
-This is your moment in time to run, to fulfill your purpose in life
-This is your time to live for Jesus
This begins by placing your faith in Jesus Christ
Hebrews 12:1-2 explains how to run your race successfully
Hear the Cheers
“Great cloud of witness”- the ones who already ran well
-If they can do it so can you!
-Your race is just as important as theirs- you matter to God
-Their success paved the way for yours
-They may even be watching and cheering you on from heaven
-You are God’s workmanship- poima…poem…masterpiece
-You were created to do good works- God already planned it!
-God doesn’t make photocopies!
-How you run your race matters for the whole team!
Throw Off Distractions
Lay aside- cast it off, don’t do it, stop carrying it
-1 Cor 10:23 “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.
What keeps you from living for Jesus Christ?
-a runner doesn’t carry anything unimportant
-When do you least care about Jesus?
-Who keeps you from caring about Jesus?
-What situations, places, entertainment choices hinder you?
What falsehoods are you carrying in your mind about you?
-falsehoods put on you by family, peers, society
Turn From Sins
What sins keep creeping into your life?
-Confess and turn away from practicing those sins!
Is God disciplining you right now? Heb 12:5-6, 9-11
-Let your guilt lead you to God’s grace and love!
Run with endurance- living by faith is NOT EASY!
Failure isn’t final
-every God follower has failed, some terribly!
-Keep going when you fail- confess it and keep going!
-Hear the cheers, throw off the distraction that led to failure
Focus on Jesus
Look at his example- His victory is your victory!
-He is the source and perfecter of our faith!
Look at why he did it- the joy set before Him
-obeying and glorifying his Father
-reconciling us to the Father forever!
Look at your reward!
-A life that matters here and now, and in eternity
-A race that truly satisfies you, blesses others, glorifies God!
Run Your Race!
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