MORNINGTIME 2782

by Benjamin Munsell on June 8, 2018
MORNINGTIME 2782
 
Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. This was written by the Apostle Paul to people he wanted  to encourage in the Lord. He was a master at describing things in such a way that anyone with at least some interest could follow what he was saying. He first talks about a runner, running a race. The bottom line is, you MUST finish the race if you are to receive any credit for running the race. If you stop running, decide to take a nap, AND NEVER FINISH, YOU LOSE, it's as if you never started. His other description is of a boxer getting into the ring with an opponent. Everything he's learned up to this point comes into play. No more shadow boxing, (beating the air), no more practice time, just go after your opponent with the intent of taking him down. And not just intent, BUT BEATING YOUR OPPONENT UNTIL HE CAN'T GET UP ANYMORE, then you'll be declared, "THE WINNER". Paul was preaching to people who were heavily into sports, this was something they could understand. Good Preaching is not just "Preaching the Gospel", but Preaching the Gospel in a Way that your listeners can understand and relate to. You may preach, and go away thinking that was a really good sermon, but if your congregation goes away scratching their heads wondering what you were talking about, then you didn't "finish" the job. They still don't understand and you've just wasted their time. Preach A Message they can understand, step back, and leave the results in the Hands of the Holy Spirit. That way, you AND them will, Be Blessed.
 
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