Summary: Our lives as Christians is an amazing race that takes a lifetime. We are going to face obstacles that will cause us to want to quit. But we have to remember that our coach, God, is always pushing us to go just a little further.

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The Amazing Race

Paul’s Missionary Journey’s

Part 1- Witness To The World

Pastor Ryan Akers

Me- Has someone ever told you you couldn’t do something because of your size or intelligence or because of your family or your past? Pic of me running cross country

(Cross Country- rag tag kids, laughing stock, my friend Melissa/blind and albino, look down to see the course and Mr. Caldwell would run beside her to help her find her way. “Listen to my voice!”) She never quit. The end of her story after the message.

We- You don’t have to be blind and albino for people to not believe in you. Unfortunately who we were can and probably will haunt us for a long time. Even though we know we aren’t the same person, its hard for others to believe that we’ve changed. It’s hard to not run the race that is set before us and ignore the people around us saying that we aren’t good enough that we should quit that we’ll never finish, but its us who is going to have to make a choice whether or not we are going to listen to people and quit or are we going to listen to God and keep running the race.

Are we going to let our past hold us back from being everything God has created us to be or are we going to travel on this journey and never look back?

Take This Home: God has forgiven where you’ve been so how far will you journey with him.

God- If there was ever a person in history who others thought couldn’t run this race it was Paul.

Paul’s History/ His finish line was to be the best Jewish Priest possible. God wanted him to be a witness to the world.

9:1-6- Paul is determined to eradicate the Christians. He has become a religious terrorist./ God takes drastic action to change a driven man. When you are training for a race it takes drastic measures sometimes to get us focused. (coach would take us to the middle of the country and drive off-focus, don’t panic)

9:15: God purposely chooses people who we least expect to be his witnesses. (God’s greatest leaders have been shepherds, tax collectors, prostitutes, children, and carpenter’s) So don’t question God when he calls you to be his witness and you say, “who me?” I say why not? And don’t question God when he tells you who he chose to be his witness. Just obey. If God called only a certain type of people then many groups could not be reached. What if God wouldn’t have called me to become a Christian because my parents divorced? What if God refuse to accept you as a believer because you were an alcoholic or a drug addict? God’s grace is bigger than us. God desires all people to be His followers not just a few.

9:19-22: Started to preach right away. There is not a grace period. Once you become a child of God you are a witness to the world. Your job is now to proclaim, “once I was blind, but now I see, once I was lost but now I am found.” And people are going to say, “Hey wasn’t he the one who was addicted to pornography. Weren’t you the one who bullied everybody in high school. Weren’t you the girl who gossiped and lied about everybody? Those are the ones who will question what God has done. They will be people we know and people we don’t, they are the general population but we are to keep listening to God’s voice. Keep running to his direction.

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