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August 26, 2018

Sermon: Kickoff: Setting the Tone

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Scripture Lesson

Jeremiah 7:25-26; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

From the day that your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay attention, but they stiffened their necks. They did worse than their ancestors did.

Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable garland, but we an imperishable one. So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air; but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Kickoff: Setting the Tone
Jeremiah 7:25-26; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

I. Introduction: Baby Blues
II. Corinthian sports
     A. The Isthmian Games
     B. When Paul uses the metaphor of running . . .
III. Paul’s analogy (1 Cor. 9:24-27)
     A. Running to win (9:24)
     B. Training
         1. “Self-control” (9:25)
         2. Not “aimlessly” (9:26-27)
     C. Paul’s approach to the Christian life
IV. Why run?
     A. The prize (9:25)
         1. Not to be saved!
         2. To serve others (1 Cor. 9:22-23)
     B. Like the prophets (Jer. 7:25-26)
V. What about us?
     A. A new intensity
     B. Very counter-cultural
         1. Self-control vs. self-fulfillment
         2. Strive to serve others?
     C. The call (1 Cor. 9:24)
VI. Conclusion: Allyson Felix (1985- )


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