Pastor Dave Martin Cross Creek Community Church ~ Feb 6, 2005
Be a Winner for Christ!

In September of 1995, the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters suffered a rare defeat on the basketball court as they toured Europe with a team made up of several former professional basketball stars. The 91-85 defeat in Vienna, Austria, ended the team’s winning streak at twenty-four-years, that is years, not games! The team had won an astounding total of 8,829 straight exhibition games since their last defeat before that in January, 1971.
Today in the Word, January, 1998, p. 36
A prison inmate scratched on the wall of his cell his philosophy of life: "Born to lose." As a Christian we believe that we are born again to win.
• God’s Word often compares the Christian life to an athletic in a race.
• This morning let’s look at what it takes to be a winner for Jesus Christ.
• We all want to be a winner rather than a loser. Competitive by nature we want to come out on top!

Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

1. Determine to get into position to win.
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles...
• Some Christians have opted out of the Christian race sitting on the bench.
• Others may be wandering around without direction for their lives.
• Some may be walking slowly but not engaged in running the race... we must be determined to win.
• Years ago I was involved in building and preparing cars to compete in demolition derbies. We would do practically anything we could in order to position ourselves to win the heat. Some of the tricks were to weld the spider gears in the rear end to make it true posi-traction. We would add special coolant to the radiator to help prevent overheating. We cut special holes through the floor board so if the linkage messes up we could shift the transmission by hand. We cut a hole through the hood and run a rope to the carburetor to pull if the gas pedal linkage goes bad. Place the battery inside the passenger compartment, modify fuel line with extra gas for a manual switch should the gas take get ruptured...
• Why did we do all these things? We desired to be a winner! We determined to get into position to win!
• In order to be a winner for Christ, we too must get into the position to win.
• Determine means to resolve, to decide, to choose. It starts in your mind – an attitude to win for Christ.