Summary: This is a sermon useful for Super Bowl Sundays.
Are We A Winners?
4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.
5Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Today is Super Bowl Sunday.
The championship of the National Football League
will be played this evening in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles.
The kick off is scheduled for 5:28 p.m. late this afternoon.
Some of you are saying, "Can't wait."
Some of you are saying, "What is the big deal?"
The fact is…it is a BIG deal!
Let me share with you some interesting facts.
The two teams are playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
It is made from sterling silver
with a sterling silver football on top of it.
Each player on the winning team this year
will receive over $112,000.
Each player on the losing team will receive over $56,000.
Tickets for today’s game were still available online Thursday.
The cheapest ticket was selling for $3,300.
NBC Network will broadcast the Super Bowl game.
They are charging $5 million
for each 30 second advertisement during the game.
It is the top "at home" party event of the year.
It is the 2nd largest day of food consumption in this country—
only Thanksgiving exceeds it.
The average "at home" party has 17 people.
95% of all those who watch the Super Bowl on TV
watch it with someone else.
Many churches are hosting Super Bowl parties this evening.
In the history of television,
9 of the 10 most watched TV programs were Super Bowls.
Super Bowl weekend
is the slowest weekend of the year for weddings.
Large screen TV's increase in sales
5 times the week before the Super Bowl.
Most sports commentators expect the Patriots to win the game.
Vince Lombardi, once said: "Winning isn't the best thing, it's the only thing."
In his final pep-talk speech to troops in England…
on May 17th, 1944, General George S Patton said:
“America loves a winner. America will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win.
Christians use the word “victory” often.
We sing a great old hymn “Victory in Jesus”.
What do we really mean
when we talk about “getting the victory” or “overcoming”
in the Christian’s life?
It implies first of all that there is opposition
and that there is a contest of some sort going on.
There is a possibility of defeat.
So how can we live an overcoming, victorious Christian life?
How can we realize that peace and blessed assurance
that God wants us to have?
Point #1. There is a battle going on for our souls.
The Holy Spirit urged us to confess our sins
and to receive Jesus Christ as our Savior.
God provided the way to our ultimate victory.
Through His grace and mercy
He has bestowed His love upon us
so that we will not be defeated.
We can know that our destiny is with Him
and that we are His children!
That excites me!
That causes me to be eternally grateful.
So why, on some days I don’t feel like a winner?
Why does defeat and despair seem to surround me?
If we know the outcome and end result,
then why do we have to struggle to get there?
What is the deal here?
God, didn’t you save me?
Didn’t you call me?
Didn’t you make the way for me to be saved?
So why can’t I be happy and joyful?
I can honestly say that I have no fear of death.
I know that my destiny is with Jesus
and that death will be a great victory.
Yet, somehow I can lose my heart
and get caught up in the cares and trouble of life!
Christians are not exempt from struggle and discouragement.
Jesus called the life that He has for us “taking up a cross”.
He guaranteed us that we would see trouble in this life.
Jesus said in John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Jesus has told us in his words-we are overcomers.
1 John 5:4 says,
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith.
The word “world” is translated
from the Greek word “kosmos” .
It implies the “world system.”
The cares, the labors, the struggle of life
that we face the world that we live in.
It also refers to the realm where Satan is king
and the domain from where evil originates and resides.
It is in contrast to the Kingdom of God.