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A FIGHT TO THE FINISH

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Sermon shared by Rick Brackett

November 2000
Summary: No matter how hard the way gets we have got to fight to the finish!
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:


“A FIGHT TO THE FINISH”

Text: II Tim. 4:6-8

Introduction: Paul in writing to young Timothy is very
straightforward in what he has to say. His
words seem to be filled with encouragement and
assurance that he can finish the course.
1. 2:1 “Be Strong”
2. 2:3 “Endure Hardness”
3. 2:5 “Strive”
4. 2:10 “Endure all things”
The finish line is just ahead and we are
going down the stretch. We have made many
sacrifices and faced many battles. Everything
that we have done up till now will all be in
vain if we don’t finish the race.
Matt. 24:13 “But he that shall endure unto
the end, the same shall be saved”
Heb. 6:15 “Abraham…after he patiently
endured, obtained the promise”
Heb. 11:27 “Moses endured as seeing him who
is invisible”
Heb. 12:2 “Christ...endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down
on the right hand of the throne of God”
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth
temptation…for he shall receive the
crown of life”
James 5:11 “We count them happy which endure”
We need to get our minds off of our
troubles, problems, and burdens. We need to
lift up our heads and with spiritual vision
see the finish line. The words of this text
give us a beautiful picture of Paul the
prisoner so near the end of his life. He is
calm as he waits during his last hours in a
dark cell. His words refer to the past,
present and future. “I have fought a good
fight, the time of my departure is at hand,
henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness”

I. WE LOOK BACK!

A. Paul made it clear that he didn’t reach the finish
line without opposition.
a. All of hell opposed him.
b. Demons and evil spirits came against him
c. The world pulled at him
d. The flesh tormented him
B. Life is a struggle!
a. We struggle and grapple with men and things!
b. We battle against our sinful nature and with
sheer force we try to keep it under subjection.
C. We are running a race that requires effort!
a. We must continuously advance in one direction!
b. It is an effort that keeps the lungs panting and
every muscle strained.
D. We run this race while fighting against powers,
rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness.
a. Paul told Timothy that he had fought a good
fight!
b. It will be a fight to the finish!

ILLUSTRATION:

In 1968, Tanzania chose John Stephen
Akhwari to represent them in the Mexico
City Olympics. Along the way as he ran,
he stumbled and fell, severely injuring
both his knee and ankle.
It was 7 PM and a runner from Ethiopia
had won the race. Everyone else had
finished and there were only a few thou-
sand spectators left in the huge arena. All
of a sudden a police siren caught every-
one’s attention. Limping through the gate
came 36 year old Akhwari with his leg
wrapped in a bloody bandage. The people
cheered. A reporter at the gate asked him
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