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The Incorruptible Crown

Today’s message from Pastor Gus Brown:
A professional athlete earns a living with his accomplishments, but he can’t take it with him when he passes on, yet Paul speaks in scripture about the incorruptible crown…the crown that never fades. It is not just about salvation, but it is about fighting the “good fight.”
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
24 Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. 25 Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. However, they do it to receive a crown that will fade away, but we a crown that will never fade away. 26 Therefore I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. 27 Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.You are not running or doing something to be saved (that’s already taken care of through the sacrifice of Jesus and the shedding of His blood). You are to run for the incorruptible crown that recognizes your true service for God.All Christians are in the race to serve Him. We are all pursuing a prize. The question remains whether all of us are using the tools provided through training and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We need the training to be able to run effectively for the prize. Our goal is to be victorious in the race, and not to leave anything out of our efforts.

Our training is a strict training. It is a struggle, and sometimes it can be agonizing and painful. God’s grace, nonetheless, surpasses all discomfort and pain that we, as Christians, will experience.

You are to train in order to contend with adversaries and be prepared to fight. The opposition wants to keep you from living in righteousness.

You are to live under self-control and to self-govern yourself. These are to bring your training into action to resist your opposition while learning to love God more and more while keeping His commands.

For athletes, it was necessary to abstain from unwholesome food, wine and sexual indulgence.

Paul states in 1 Corinthians 9:25 to observe the world–it runs for a crown that fades away.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18
17 For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. 18 So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Our works will follow us. They have an eternal, lasting value.

Revelation 14:13
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labors, for their works follow them!”

We serve for a crown that will last forever and will not fade; as a result, we do not run aimlessly but to please God. All of this is done while we face a raging war from within:

Romans 7:23
But I see a different law in the parts of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.

Ephesians 6:12
For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

Don’t allow yourself to be distracted with things that take you off of the focus of running for the prize.

1 Timothy 4:7
But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness.

Your eyes are to remain fixed on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:2
…keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne.

In running the race, you must be:
1. Pure in body
2. Sober of mind
3. Willing to endure

We train the body to be controlled by our mind through self-denial and self-discipline.

2 Corinthians 10:4b-5
We demolish arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.

Galatians 5:16, 22-23
16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.

We run this race to win in that our accomplishments for Jesus Christ will not fade away. It is the incorruptible crown that we strive for and that will ultimately glorify God.

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Sunday School Today: Christ’s Coming For His Saints

Every Bible student is thrilled to be able to read about events that are still in the future. Only in the Bible is the future revealed. Let’s consider some of these events in the order in which they will happen.

The next event to occur on God’s calendar is the coming of Christ to take His people home to heaven.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.15 For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord’s coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel’s voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

This is known as the “Rapture” of the Church. Christ will descend from heaven, the trumpet will sound and the bodies of believers who have died will be raised. Then, living believers will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air.  It will happen in the “twinkling” of an eye.”  Th1s passage of Scripture is the play-by-play account of this event.  Read it slowly and carefully, because it is about you if you know Jesus Christ as your Savior today.

1 Corinthians 15:51-58

51 Listen! I am telling you a mystery:

    We will not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed,

    52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.

    For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible,

    and we will be changed.

    53 Because this corruptible must be clothed with incorruptibility,

    and this mortal must be clothed with immortality.

    54 Now when this corruptible is clothed with incorruptibility,

    and this mortal is clothed with immortality,

    then the saying that is written will take place:

    Death has been swallowed up in victory.

    55 O Death, where is your victory?

    O Death, where is your sting?

    56 Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

    57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory

    through our Lord Jesus Christ!

    58 Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Note the following facts about the coming of Christ.

A.  It may happen at any moment.  Revelation 22:7

B.  Only those who are truly saved will participate.  1 Corinthians 15:23

C.  Not all believers will die but all will be changed.  1 Corinthians 15:51

D.  They shall be like Christ.  1 John 3:2; Romans 8:16-25

Romans 8:16-25

16 The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, 17 and if children, also heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. 20For the creation was subjected to futility —not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it —in the hope 21 that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. 23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits —we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.