July 31, 2012

Jul 31, 2012

Going for the Gold Sermon Series
Begins Sunday, August 5 (8:45 & 11 AM services)

We joined a billion others on Friday night to watch the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics. I must confess, that I get caught up in Olympic fever every four years. I find myself watching sports that I never watch, some of which I have never heard of. I mean, who knew that walking was an Olympic Sport?

What captivates me about the Olympics, whatever the sport, is the human story behind every athlete in every event. Each of these men and women have reached the highest level in their particular sport. Each of them has a story of the dedication, the drive, the hard work, and the sacrifice that has brought them to this event. Each of them are already winners.

These athletes will be “on stage” for a brief moment in their quest to become Olympic champions, but years of preparation to maximize their potential have gone into that moment of competition. What does it take to arrive at that level of peak performance? How do we become the best we can be? What motivates and prepares these athletes?  These are questions that can be asked not only of athletes but of all of us. How do we become the best we can be?

Scripture often uses the metaphor of athletic training and competition to describe the Christian journey of becoming all that God intends for us to be. In I Corinthians 9:24-25 Paul writes: 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. 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.
– Andy Wolfe

August 5 – Running Towards the Finish Line
August 12 – Teamwork
August 19 – Discipline
August 26 – The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Death

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