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Competitors Aim for the Target

Competitors Aim for the Target –  Coach Pugh

AthleteWord: “Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize”

READ: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

REFLECT

There are many reasons to enjoy fitness and athletics, but competitors enter competition with one goal in mind – to win.  Of course, winning is not always defined by crossing the finish line first.  Winning is truly defined by how and why we compete.  But scripture urges us to be intentional with our effort as followers of Jesus.  Our lives are compared to a runner in a race, and we must not run aimlessly.  Competitors aim for a clearly defined target.

  1. What is your target as a competitor in the sport of fitness, or in another arena of life?
  2. When have you failed to experience success because you lacked clearly defined goals?

Without a clearly defined goal it is impossible to find success. As followers of Jesus, we are not instructed to simply run in the race but to “run to win.” So, what is the prize we are competing to win?

The competitor for Christ aims for the prize of seeing others cross the finish line with Him as their Savior.  Champions win when others win, and they cultivate discipline into their lives to experience winning as much as possible.

SKILL Work

  1. Pray for opportunity to share your faith in the next 30 days.
  2. What disciplines could help you run toward the target?
  3. Commit 1 Corinthians 9:24 to memory.

 

 

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Faith Workout: Equipped By Words

“There's nothing like the written Word of God…” (The Message)

READ

2 Timothy 3:14-17

REFLECT

Our training equipment matters.  How can we expect to perform functional movements if our equipment is not functional?  The Bible claims its Words are not only the most functional equipment for following Christ, but they are the only equipment we need.  “Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.”

If our fitness relies on our ability to do functional work, then whatever empowers that ability is our most important tool.  Similarly, our faith relies on the words of the Bible because they empower our ability to do the work God has given us.  How does the Word of God empower us?

1- The Word of God shows us truth.  Jesus says His disciples are made holy through the truth of God's Word (John 17:17).

2- The Word of God exposes rebellion.  God's Word is compared to a surgeon's scalpel that cuts open the heart and exposes our deepest needs (Hebrews 4:12-13).

3- The Word of God corrects our mistakes.  When convicted by God's Word we are not left on the surgeon's table cut open, but we find healing for our wounds through the promises of His Word (Psalm 107:20).

4- The Word of God trains us to live God's way.  God does not give us a road map leaving us on our own to find the way.  He gives us a living trainer that transforms our lives so that we desire His will (Romans 12:1-2).

The process God's Word uses to produce lives that glorify Him is through pointing us to Jesus Christ.  Without Jesus we have no hope of finding real life and without the Bible we have no hope of learning about the salvation available in Jesus.  As John Piper says in his video, “God wrote a Book…”  Read NOW!

The Spirit is the One who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that [Jesus] has spoken to you are spirit and are life..” – John 6:63

RESPOND

1- Watch the video above.

2- List 3 excuses you are tempted to give for not reading the Bible every day.

3- Commit to reading the Bible every day.  Consider these RESOURCES.

4- Ask God to give you a heart that desires His Word more than anything else in life.

*Video from DesiringGod.org