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Run the Race of the Christian Life

I Cor 9:22-10:5 Run the Race of the Christian Life
I. Living for Jesus Christ is like an Athletic contest verse 24
A. But how is the race of the Christian life different than a sports event? Verse 24
B. How is living for Jesus like a sport event in verse 26?
ï‚· How can we aim for what Paul is aiming at? Verses 22-23

II. To Reach God’s Goal for Your Life You need to Exercise Self-Discipline vs 25
A. How was self-discipline required in Corinth’s Isthmian Games?
1. How is the Christian life like training for a sports competition? Verse 25, 27a
2. How should we evaluate the value of self-discipline? I Timothy 4:7-8
3. What example did Paul set for self-discipline? Verses 25a, 27a with Galatians 5:23-25
B. How do know that Paul isn’t talking about more than you controlling yourself by your own strength?
1. Does a list of rules and “don’ts” give you power to become more like Jesus? Colossians 2:21-23
2. Where do you need to look for power to live for Jesus? Colossians 3:1-5
a. What privileges did Israel have? How did most of them fail to take advantage of those
privileges? I Corinthians 10:1-5
b. What greater privileges do you have than Israel had? What does the Lord want you to do
with Jesus? 10:1-5
3. Why is a personal relationship to Jesus important for the moral stability of our nation?

III. Don’t’ just start race the Race of the Christian Life--Finish Well
A. What did Paul not want to happen to him? Verse 27
1. What does Paul say we can be sure of? Galatians 2:20b; Romans 8:38; I Corinthians 1:8-9
2. How did Caleb set an example for us? Joshua 14
B. How does the Lord want us to finish our race? Verse 24
1. Does the Lord want us to finish along?
2. What does the Lord promise to all who love Him? Verse 25; II Timothy 4:6-8I Cor 15:53, 57;
John 11:25-26