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2008 Youth Lectureship presented at the meeting place of the Laurel Canyon church of Christ Session #1 –  Qualifying For Life’s Race  [Jason Hardin]
 
MY RACE IS STILL BEING RUN!
1 Corinthians 9:27 --  27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be  disqualified .
 
 
 
 
Hebrews 12:1 --  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with  endurance the race that is set before us…
Hebrews 12:1 --  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… there for  a reason!
Hebrews 12:1 --  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… because, inasmuch as…
Hebrews 12:1 --  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… those who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced
Hebrews 12:1 --  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… witnesses of God! those who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced
Abel  – God will receive me if I humbly offer Him what He wants.
Abel  – God will receive me if I humbly offer Him what He wants. Enoch  – the power of God to grant eternal  life.
Noah  – even when God determines to exercise vengeance on the wicked… … He will save me if I have faith in Him.
Abraham  – things will work out if I trust God and follow Him.
Abraham  – things will work out if I trust God and follow Him. Sarah  – God keeps His promises, even if I  think it’s impossible.
… and  on  and  on  and  on .
The same God who was their God is our God.
The God of  yesterday  is the God of  today  and  tomorrow ! The same God who was their God is our God.
 
Revelation 5:12-13 “ Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
Do  you  believe that this is necessary?
Do  you  believe that this is necessary? Hebrews 11:1-2 --  1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.  2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation ( NLT ).
Do  you  believe that this is necessary? Hebrews 11:1-2 --  1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living.  It’s our handle on what we can’t see.  2 The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. ( The Message )
Do  you  believe that this is necessary? Hebrews 11:6 --  6 Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him ( NKJV ).
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin?
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? May not necessarily be bad in and of  themselves.  “Weights” can be something perfectly innocent and harmless.
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences Hurtful memories
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences Hurtful memories Disappointments
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences Hurtful memories Disappointments Failures
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? Galatians 5:7 --  7 You were running well.  Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? Galatians 5:7 --  7 You were running well.  Who hindered you from obeying the truth? If it weighs you down, diverts your attention, saps your energy or dampens your enthusiasm for the things of God…
Are you willing to lay aside every  weight and sin? Galatians 5:7 --  7 You were running well.  Who hindered you from obeying the truth? If it weighs you down, diverts your attention, saps your energy or dampens your enthusiasm for the things of God… …IT MUST BE LAID ASIDE!
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin?
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers 1 Cor. 6:9-10 --  9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be    deceived…
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers 1 Cor. 6:9-10 --  9 …neither the  sexually immoral , nor  idolaters , nor  adulterers , nor men who practice    homosexuality ,  10 nor    thieves , nor the  greedy ,    nor  drunkards , nor  revilers ,    nor  swindlers  will inherit    the kingdom of God.
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender The “it’s-just-as-good- outside” tailgaters
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender The “it’s-just-as-good- outside” tailgaters The “make-up-your-own- rules” innovator
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “make-up-your-own- rules” innovator 2 Timothy 2:5 --  5 An athlete    is not crowned unless he    competes according to the    rules.
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender The “it’s-just-as-good- outside” tailgaters The “make-up-your-own- rules” innovator The “I’ve-got-enough- time-to-make-it” procrastinator
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy John 10:1 --  1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by    another way, that man is   a thief and a robber.”
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward John 12:42 --  42 Many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they    would not be put out of    the synagogue.
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward The “fair-weather” follower
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “fair-weather” follower Matthew 7:21 --  21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’    will enter the kingdom of    heaven… … but the one who does    the will of my Father    who is in heaven.”
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward The “fair-weather” follower The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat Matthew 7:13-14 --  13 “Enter by the narrow gate.  For the gate is    wide and the way is easy that    leads to destruction, and    those who enter by it are    many…”
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? Matthew 7:13-14 --  14 “For the gate is narrow and the way is    hard that leads to life, and    those who find it are few.” The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat
Are you willing to lay aside  every  weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward The “fair-weather” follower The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat
“ Be all you    can be!”
When the going gets tough…
When the going gets tough… Lock eyes with Moses
When the going gets tough… Lock eyes with Moses Exodus 3:6-10 --  6 “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob… 7 …I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry… 8 …I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…”
When the going gets tough… Lock eyes with Moses Exodus 3:6-10 --  10 “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon
When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon Judges 6:12 --  12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon Judges 6:15 --  15 “…my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon Judges 6:16 --  16 “I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”
When the going gets tough… Be refreshed by young David
When the going gets tough… Be refreshed by young David 1 Samuel 16:7 --  7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature… For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
When the going gets tough… Be refreshed by young David 1 Samuel 16:12 --  12 And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”
When the going gets tough… Recognize the confident smile of Elijah
Hebrews 12:1 --  1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…
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Qualifying For Life's Race

  • 1. 2008 Youth Lectureship presented at the meeting place of the Laurel Canyon church of Christ Session #1 – Qualifying For Life’s Race [Jason Hardin]
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  • 3. MY RACE IS STILL BEING RUN!
  • 4. 1 Corinthians 9:27 -- 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified .
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  • 9. Hebrews 12:1 -- 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…
  • 10. Hebrews 12:1 -- 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… there for a reason!
  • 11. Hebrews 12:1 -- 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… because, inasmuch as…
  • 12. Hebrews 12:1 -- 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… those who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced
  • 13. Hebrews 12:1 -- 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… witnesses of God! those who can give a firsthand account of something seen, heard, or experienced
  • 14. Abel – God will receive me if I humbly offer Him what He wants.
  • 15. Abel – God will receive me if I humbly offer Him what He wants. Enoch – the power of God to grant eternal life.
  • 16. Noah – even when God determines to exercise vengeance on the wicked… … He will save me if I have faith in Him.
  • 17. Abraham – things will work out if I trust God and follow Him.
  • 18. Abraham – things will work out if I trust God and follow Him. Sarah – God keeps His promises, even if I think it’s impossible.
  • 19. … and on and on and on .
  • 20. The same God who was their God is our God.
  • 21. The God of yesterday is the God of today and tomorrow ! The same God who was their God is our God.
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  • 23. Revelation 5:12-13 “ Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing! To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
  • 24. Do you believe that this is necessary?
  • 25. Do you believe that this is necessary? Hebrews 11:1-2 -- 1 Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation ( NLT ).
  • 26. Do you believe that this is necessary? Hebrews 11:1-2 -- 1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. 2 The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. ( The Message )
  • 27. Do you believe that this is necessary? Hebrews 11:6 -- 6 Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him ( NKJV ).
  • 28. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin?
  • 29. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? May not necessarily be bad in and of themselves. “Weights” can be something perfectly innocent and harmless.
  • 30. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School
  • 31. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work
  • 32. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends
  • 33. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating
  • 34. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career
  • 35. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports
  • 36. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television
  • 37. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet
  • 38. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences
  • 39. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences Hurtful memories
  • 40. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences Hurtful memories Disappointments
  • 41. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? School Work Friends Dating Career Sports Television Internet Bad experiences Hurtful memories Disappointments Failures
  • 42. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? Galatians 5:7 -- 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?
  • 43. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? Galatians 5:7 -- 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? If it weighs you down, diverts your attention, saps your energy or dampens your enthusiasm for the things of God…
  • 44. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? Galatians 5:7 -- 7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? If it weighs you down, diverts your attention, saps your energy or dampens your enthusiasm for the things of God… …IT MUST BE LAID ASIDE!
  • 45. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin?
  • 46. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers
  • 47. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers 1 Cor. 6:9-10 -- 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived…
  • 48. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers 1 Cor. 6:9-10 -- 9 …neither the sexually immoral , nor idolaters , nor adulterers , nor men who practice homosexuality , 10 nor thieves , nor the greedy , nor drunkards , nor revilers , nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
  • 49. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender
  • 50. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender The “it’s-just-as-good- outside” tailgaters
  • 51. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender The “it’s-just-as-good- outside” tailgaters The “make-up-your-own- rules” innovator
  • 52. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “make-up-your-own- rules” innovator 2 Timothy 2:5 -- 5 An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
  • 53. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “unrighteous” party-goers The “too-many-hypocrites” vender The “it’s-just-as-good- outside” tailgaters The “make-up-your-own- rules” innovator The “I’ve-got-enough- time-to-make-it” procrastinator
  • 54. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy
  • 55. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy John 10:1 -- 1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber.”
  • 56. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward
  • 57. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward John 12:42 -- 42 Many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue.
  • 58. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward The “fair-weather” follower
  • 59. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “fair-weather” follower Matthew 7:21 -- 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven… … but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
  • 60. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward The “fair-weather” follower The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat
  • 61. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat Matthew 7:13-14 -- 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many…”
  • 62. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? Matthew 7:13-14 -- 14 “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat
  • 63. Are you willing to lay aside every weight and sin? The “I’ll-sneak-in-without-a- ticket” guy The “I’m afraid-to-wear- the-colors” coward The “fair-weather” follower The “I-can’t-bear-to- leave-my-junk- behind” packrat
  • 64. “ Be all you can be!”
  • 65. When the going gets tough…
  • 66. When the going gets tough… Lock eyes with Moses
  • 67. When the going gets tough… Lock eyes with Moses Exodus 3:6-10 -- 6 “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob… 7 …I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry… 8 …I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians…”
  • 68. When the going gets tough… Lock eyes with Moses Exodus 3:6-10 -- 10 “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
  • 69. When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon
  • 70. When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon Judges 6:12 -- 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”
  • 71. When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon Judges 6:15 -- 15 “…my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
  • 72. When the going gets tough… Hear the shouts of Gideon Judges 6:16 -- 16 “I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.”
  • 73. When the going gets tough… Be refreshed by young David
  • 74. When the going gets tough… Be refreshed by young David 1 Samuel 16:7 -- 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature… For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
  • 75. When the going gets tough… Be refreshed by young David 1 Samuel 16:12 -- 12 And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.”
  • 76. When the going gets tough… Recognize the confident smile of Elijah
  • 77. Hebrews 12:1 -- 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…
  • 78. For more Bible material, visit: www.LCCOC.net