There is an old saying that is generally true: “You get what you pay for”

Sunday Morning Worship
January 15, 2012
Series: “The Biggest Loser”
Today: “Losers Pay the Price”

Scripture:  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Intro:  There is an old saying that I believe is generally true: “You get what you     pay for    .”

* The Apostle Paul tells us that Christ followers must go into “     strict training     .”

I.    THE      STRATEGY       BEHIND THE PRICE.

A.  Paul writes: Run in such a way as to get the prize.

B.  Question: What does your plan look like?

II.   THE       PAIN        BEHIND THE PRICE.

A.  Paul’s words: I beat my body down.

B.  If we are going to become more like Christ in 2012, __pain__ is going to be a factor!

1.   It’s painful and hard to say no to      cravings        of the flesh.

2.   It’s hard to control our      tempers      and return a kind word for harsh words given to us.

3.   It’s hard to      forgive       quickly when they don’t deserve that generous spirit.

4.   It’s hard to stay       sexually pure       when we are surrounded with so much allurement and everyone else is doing it!

III.  THE       CONSEQUENCES       BEHIND THE PRICE.

A.  Why does Paul pay the price, beating his body down? So he wouldn’t be       disqualifed       for the prize.

B.  Don’t be disqualified in the end; there is too much to     lose     !

Conclusion:  Are you going to be the biggest loser this year? Losing your fleshly desires to be a winner in your spiritual life?

* Some questions:

1.   What sin needs to be eliminated?

2.   What attitude needs to be adjusted?

3.   What apology needs to be given?

4.   What good deed needs to be done?

5.   What person needs to be encouraged?

6.   What money needs to be given?

7.   What time needs to be volunteered?

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