The Christian Life Referred to as an Athletics Competition

Acts 20:24  . . . bonds and afflictions wait for me. But these things donít count; nor do I hold my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy . . .

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 Donít you know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run like that, that you may win. Every man who strives in the games exercises self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore run like that, as not uncertainly. I fight like that, as not beating the air, but I beat my body and bring it into submission, lest by any means, after I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.

Galatians 2:2  . . . for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.

Galatians 5:7 You were running well! Who interfered with you . . . ?

Philippians 3:12-13 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. Brothers, I donít regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do: forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.

2 Timothy 2:5  . . . if anyone competes in athletics, he isnít crowned unless he has competed by the rules.

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

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