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Summary: God is calling us to finish the race of life with Him

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Go the Distance Part 1

2 Timothy 3:10-4:8

May 23, 1999

Morning Service

Introduction

I. Story of Jean - Dominique Bauby

A, Work: French journalist, age of 45 was editor of fashion magazine Elle, very successful, December of 1995, he suffered a stroke

B. After the stroke: Buaby was completely paralyzed, all he could move was his left eyelid, with the help of a therapist he learned how to communicate yes and no, with the therapist he wrote a book by saying yes or no to letters to compose words and sentences, he finished with the book shortly before he died, Bauby spent his time well, Should we not put forth the same kind of effort for God?

II. The Human Race - Steven Curtis Chapman

Q - How are we to run the Human Race?

III. A Central Truth - Jesus finishes what He starts!

A. Scripture: “He who began a good work in you will see it through to completion”

B. Jesus never gives up: Jesus will never give up on you, He will constantly work in your life, even on a daily basis - If you allow Him to do so, we must be willing to allow Jesus to work in our lives, we must be willing to follow His direction for the human race, we must go where He sends us and run at His pace, we must be willing to go the distance

Q - How can we go the distance?

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Body - What does it take to God the Distance?

I. Passion - The Holy want to

A Child’s plea - “I don’t want to ...”

A. Passion is the driving force of life: We are all passionate about something,

* Work, * Family * Leisure time * God

passion helps us live our lives for Christ, passion is the Holy want to of life, passion drives us to become more than we already are, passion drives us to great things for God

B. Passion for God

1. Love

a.) We are to love God

1. Love for God is motivation for life

2. Love God with all of your heart, mind and soul

3. Love for God will create a deep and central passion within us

b.) We are to love others

1. Every person is valuable to God - He loves them and we should love them

2. God’s love gives us the ability to love other people

3. Jesus commanded - “love one another”

2. Service

a,) We are called to serve God

1. Jesus came to serve

2. We are to follow Jesus wherever He leads

b.) We can do all things in Christ

1. God has given us gifts

2. God will give us the passion

3. God will give us the power

II. Preparation - Growth in God

People stop growing when the price gets too high - J. Maxwell

A. Prayer - Petition of the King

1. Communication with God:

a.) No relationship exists in a vacuum

1. We must maintain constant communication with God

2. We have the ultimate relationship in the universe

3. We can talk with the God who created everything

b.) We have the most powerful weapon for change the world

1. The power of God flows through prayer

2. We have the power to change ourselves and the world, to change the world may mean to first change ourselves

3. We must be willing to take the time to grow with God

2. A Civil War Request: Civil War - Union soldier was upset, father had died and mother needed him at home, he requested to go home but none of his senior officers would listen, now he was sobbing in the camp. a young boy happened to see him and asked what was wrong, the soldier explained and the young boy said that they needed to see his father, father would help, the two walk through the camp to the command tent, the boy walks in and beckons the soldier to follow, he watched the young boy get into the lap of his father, now the soldier was face to face with Abraham Lincoln, he went home the next day, We are God’s children and He wants us go to Him with requests and concerns, by the sacrifice and blood of Jesus we can enter the fathers presence


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