Summary: What does it take to be a Champion 4 Christ? How can we obtain Championship status 4 Christ? Here are four factors that will begin the transformation of Christians from chumps to Champs!
Champions 4 Christ
Pastor Jamie Wright Maranatha Fellowship Church 2-22-04
What is a champion? Webster’s defines champion as a person who fights for or defends any person or cause, a warrior, a winner, a title holder, a victor, a champ. According to Olympic Historians, all great champions have met certain criteria in order to achieve Championship Status.
When society thinks of "CHAMPIONS", they think of people like:
1. Mohammed Ali Boxing Champ
2. Gen. Swartzcopf Military Champ
3. Michael Jordan Basketball Champ (6 times)
4. Tiger Woods Golf Champ
5. Hugh Hefner Porn Champ
6. The Osborne’s Profanity Champs
7. Britney Spears Sex idol Champ
Champions of the Bible are people like:
1. Abraham Champion of Faith
2. Elijah Champion of Prayer
3. Moses Champion of Service
4. David Champion Praise/Worship
5. Joshua Champion of Commitment
6. Woman w/ issue bld Champion of Persistency
7. Jesus Champion of Champions
What does it take to be a Champion for Christ? There are billions claiming to be Christians in our world today, but how many are really Champions 4 Christ? I want to be one and I want you all here at Maranatha Fellowship to be Champions.
How can we obtain Championship status for Christ? What factors do we need to apply to begin the transformation into Champions, the best of the best, the elite, the Green Berets of the Kingdom of God?
Here are some factors other Champions have incorporated in their equation of Championships. They are found in the book of Champions
Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with a purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Message
You’ve all been to the stadium ad seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All (Champions) good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No sloppy living for me! I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing it myself.
You must have-
A Passion to Pursue
Champions are passionate about what they do. They love it. They do it because they want to.
Desire- a burning desire
David said one thing I desire and that will I seek after Ps. 27:4
He was in passionate pursuit of becoming a CHAMPION 4 CHRIST. He was excited about it. He dwelt on it all the time.
Do you have a burning desire (passion) to be a CHAMPION 4 CHRIST? How bad do you want it?
The proof of your desire is in your pursuit.
Dedication- Vs. 25 All (Champions) good athletes train hard