Summary: Don’t be a spectator in the Super Bowl of Life

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The Super Bowl of Life

February 7, 2016 Evening Service

Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK

Rick Boyne

Message Point: Don’t be a spectator in the Super Bowl of Life

Focus Passage: Philippians 3:7-11

Supplemental Passage: "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36 NASB)

Introduction: Super bowl fun facts:

• 8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed on Super Bowl Sunday

• 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with that guacamole

• Of the top 10 most watched American television programs of all time, nine of them are Super Bowls

• The Super Bowl is measured in Roman numerals because a football season runs over two calendar years

• Over 700,000 footballs are produced annually for official NFL use and 72 of them are used for the Super Bowl

• It is the 2nd most watched sporting event in the world. More than 100 million people worldwide watch the Super Bowl every year. In fact, Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 unseated M*A*S*H's series finale as the most watched show in television history with over 106.5 million watchers.

• One 30-second commercial aired during the Super Bowl costs at least $2,800,000

• The NFL has a policy against holding Super Bowl games in stadiums that have a climate of less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, unless it is an enclosed stadium.

I. Winning is losing

a. Everything gained in/of this world is of no value

b. False motto: “He who dies with the most toys, wins”

c. "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:31-33 NASB)

II. Losing is winning

a. Count everything as loss in this world

b. “Take this world and give me Jesus” – Building 429 Where I Belong

c. "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." – Martyred missionary Jim Elliot

d. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? (Mark 8:36 NASB)

III. Knowing the difference is the victory (vs 10)

a. Knowing Jesus

b. The power of His resurrection

c. The fellowship of His sufferings

d. Being conformed to His death

Application/Invitation: Are you a spectator or a participant in the Super Bowl of Life? Don’t let your life pass you by without “getting in the game.” Church isn’t the game. Church is just the huddle. No one goes to the superbowl to watch the huddle.

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