Summary: This is the second sermon in the series "Finding Freedom From Sin". This sermon shows us how to run the Christian race faster and endure longer.
Sunday Morning August 12, 2001 Bel Aire Baptist Church, Hobbs, New Mexico
Series: Finding Freedom From Sin #2
LIGHTEN THE LOAD
1. Have you ever run a race? I am sure most of us have run in a race at some point in our life. If you want to see the best foot races, you would need to watch the Olympics or some sort of a World Class Race. If you watch these types of track events, you will notice that these athletes have several things in common.
a. They not only plan on finishing the race, but their goal is to win the race.
b. They are strong and in good shape.
c. They are well prepared mentally and physically for the race.
d. They run light. Things that are not necessary do not weight them down.
e. They run in the race regardless of the conditions. It does not matter if it is hot or cold, windy or rainy, sunny or cloudy. It does not matter if they do not feel very well.
2. As Christians, we too are in a race.
a. Are we running to finish the race?
b. Are we running to win the race?
c. Are we in good spiritual condition?
d. Are we well prepared?
e. Do you run in the race regardless of the conditions or are you sitting down and resting right now?
3. The focus on this sermon this morning is in how to run the race without carrying extra weight.
a. We do not run a strong race because we are weighted down by sin.
b. We become slow and have no endurance.
4. We need to lighten our load. Turn with me to 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, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
5. Let’s examine three things this morning about the weight factor of this race:
a. Extra Weight
b. Losing Weight
c. Light Weight
I. Extra Weight
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
“Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation- if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”
A. The Problem
1. Sin separates us from God.
2. We become so distance from God that we feel that God is not there.
3. Sin, because it causes us to love the world, eventually leads us to hate God.
B. The Solution
1. God has reconciled us by putting Jesus to death.
2. He put all of our sins on Jesus.
3. Jesus removed our sin that prevented us from having a relationship with God.
C. The Results
1. The death of Jesus Christ tells us that God has done something about our sin problem.
2. The results are that we who have been reconciled to God are holy, without blemish, and free from accusation.