Summary: Be faithful to finish well!
Focus Passage: Hebrews 12:1-3
Supplemental Passage: Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 NASB)
I. Lay Aside Sins (What ever that would impede your service)
a. Vanity, pride, Temper, Lust, Gossip, etc.
b. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
II. Run with Endurance (run to win, not just finish)
a. Be faithful to the call
i. Holiness (praying, giving, serving, etc)
ii. Evangelism (Great Commission, Acts 1:8)
III. Fix Our Eyes on Jesus (driving a boat, plowing a field; find a point on the other side and head towards it)
a. What happened to Peter on the water? (Mat 14:30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!")
IV. Think About Jesus
a. When it gets tough, think about what Jesus went through.
b. When it gets lonely, think about what Jesus went through.
c. When you are mocked or persecuted, think about what Jesus went through.
d. We can find our encouragement in Jesus!