“Cross Training ✝” | 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Bible Study

What Are We Training For?

(Much of this lesson derives from a previous 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 sermon and Bible Study)

What are we training for? Are we training ourselves to resemble the culture or are we training ourselves to resemble the Christ?

Are we developing and maintaining worldly habits or are we developing and maintaining godly habits?

If we profess that “Jesus is Lord”, we ought to be Cross Training as hard as we can – training ourselves to be like Christ. Let’s give our everything to the One who gave us everything.

Paul says that we should run the Christian race as if we were trying to win first prize – a way that requires discipline and self-control.

Moreso than physically, spiritually we have to stay in shape. We must train our hearts to surrender to the Savior. We must train our minds to be renewed by the Redeemer.

We must have a healthy, spiritual diet and exercise routine, so that we might bring every facet of our lives under control – for the sake of the Gospel – and with the help of the Holy Spirit.

And we do so not for earthly glory that fades, but everlasting glory that will never pass away.

We gotta run this race and pick up the pace
Keep your eyes on the prize; run to win first place
Master your body, train yourself to be godly
Don’t care if they stare or look at you oddly

Because we’re disciples, a spiritual witness
And we need discipline for spiritual fitness
So, if you’re not maintaining or you think that you’ve lost-it
Let’s get back to Cross Training, so we can be Cross-Fit

Translation

24 Don’t you know that in a stadium all the runners run but only one gets the prize? Likewise, run to win. 25 Everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do so for a crown that is perishable. We do so for one that is imperishable. 26 Therefore, I, likewise, do not run aimlessly. Nor do I box like beating air. 27 Rather, I strike my body and make it my slave – lest after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. (1 Cor 9:24-27, AT)

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