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Summary: Too often we go through life with regrets, this message informs us how to life a life of no regret.

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No Regrets

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Text: Philippians 3:12-14 / II Timothy 4:6-8

Vs. 1-5 a final charge, blueprint for success

-Tell background

Introduction:

(1) James Dobson- has “End of Life” Test, what matters is

Who you loved

Who loved you

How you loved God

(2) Illustrations:

Voltaire- French Atheist- spent life trying to prove that there was no such thing as God. Yet proclaimed he wished he’d never been born.

Jay Gould- multimillionaire- upon death stated “I am the most miserable man alive”

Darwin- proponent of evolution on his deathbed. Supposedly said “I have based my life on a lie”.

Polycarp- read story- no regrets / I am ready

(3) Today talk about a man who was ready to stand before GOD

a. He was a zealous persecutor- Yet God saved him

b. He was a great leader, pious, wealthy- he counted it nothing

(4) Paul was imprisoned in Rome, two esquire Ferega Pathemius sent by Nero to carry out execution. Paul prayed, they converted, they led him to be beheaded.

1st imprison- knew he’d be out

now in Rome, knew he’d die

(5) Paul said “I have no regrets”

a. Polycarp

b. Rachel Scott (today)

c. Can you say that?

(6) Take time, look back over the past 1, ½, week, month, Do you have regrets?

What are they?

Who did they affect?

How did they hurt?

Chances are that when you stand before God, you will be just as you are now! Are you ready to stand before God with those regrets?

(7) Regrets

a. No one has ever said...

I regret not spending more time at work

Not hanging out with my friends

Not making more money

Not watching a ball game

Not fighting more

b. But they have said

Wish had spent more time with children and family

Spent more time getting to know God

Loving others

Helped more

(8) Do you have any regrets? Yes

What will you do with them?

(9) I am not even asking you if you are saved, are you ready?

I. I Will Determine To Fight the Good Fight vs. 7

A. There are some things worth fighting for.

(1) David fought Goliath

(2) Three Hebrews fought

(3) Daniel

(4) Esther fought for Jesus

(5) Christ chased money changers out for honor

(6) Christ fought for souls of man

(7) Family, children, peace, freedom

B. The things we should be fighting for are too often left unattended.

(1) Spend more time perfecting our shot than praying for our families.

(2) Spend more time reading magazines and watching TV than we do reading the Living Word

(3) Spend more time making excuses than we do following instructions.

C. Why do we not fight the fight?

(1) Same reason the Army of God refused to fight the Gaint Philistines.

(2) We only see the here and now and not the effects of not doing anything

EX: Children being taught what is important now rather than later

II. I Will Determine To Finish the Race vs. 7

John 17:4

ILLUS: Winston Churchill said “Success is never final, failure is never fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”

A. Too often we start something and never finish it.

(1) Alter trips

(2) Promises never kept

B. II Corinthians 8:10-11

- Paul encourages church at Corinth to finish what they started

C. Christ never did quit after the fast in the garden on the cross


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