1 Corinthians 9:24-27,
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets 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.

OFFENSE:


1. GO DEEP


2 Timothy 2:15,
15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not
need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

Psalms 119:11,
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

2. RUN HARD


Joshua 14:7-12,
“You know what the Lord said to Moses the man of God at Kadesh Barnea about
you and me.  7  I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me
from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report
according to my convictions,  8  but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made
the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God
wholeheartedly.  9  So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet
have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because
you have followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.” 10  “Now then, just as
the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he
said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am
today, eighty-five years old!  11  I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.  12  Now give me this
hill country that the Lord promised me that day.

3. KEEP GETTING UP

Hebrews 12:1-2,
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us
throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us
run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  2  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the
pioneer and perfecter of faith.

4. GO FOR THE SCORE

1 Corinthians 9:25,
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.

DEFENSE:


Ephesians 6:10-12,
10  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  11  Put on the full armor of
God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  12  For our
struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the
authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces
of evil in the heavenly realms.

1. DEFEND AGAINST THE RUN

Daniel 7:25,
“He will speak against the Most High and OPPRESS his saints and try to change
the set times and the laws.”

2. DEFEND AGAINST THE PASS
Ephesians 6:16,

16  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

3. DEFEND AGAINST THE TRICK PLAYS

Ephesians 6:11,
11  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s
schemes

2 Corinthians 2:11 says,
11  in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

1 Timothy 4:7-8,
…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness
has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to
come.

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