What is the race Paul is talking about in 1 Corinthians?
How do we run the race well? (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
Is running the race easy? Who gives us courage to run the race? (Hebrews 12:1,2; Philippians 3:12-14)
What is the prize? (Philippians 3:14)
“And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34 (ESV) Jesus denied himself when He took our punishment from God and died on the cross for our sins. When we run after Jesus as our prize, we have to deny ourselves just like He did. What are some things in your life you need to sacrifice to love and follow Him more?
It is a courageous decision to follow Jesus with our life. We have to choose to follow Him. To follow Jesus we must;
A_________ that you have done wrong and ask God to forgive you for disobeying Him.
B_______ that God sent Jesus to take the punishment for your sin. Trust that you are forgiven because Jesus made you right with God
C________ to spend your whole life depending on God’s power to help you say no to sin. Rely on God to help you tell others that God is your leader and the most important person in your life.