Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #183
TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:7-8: "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."
Today, as we continue our journey through the Bible using the classic Christian allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, as a tool for illustration, we are returning to a topic that is crucially important for Christians to understand. And that is the fact that, as believers, we are engaged in the fight of our lives against an enemy that seeks to render us ineffective in our service to the kingdom of God.
1. We saw last week that the first thing we must do is make the decision to join the battle.
2. The fight not only involves a decided fighter, but a dedicated fighter.
3. The fight not only involves a decided fighter, and a dedicated fighter, but a determined reward.
Scripture tells us that God has already determined the rewards which we can receive, and for those rewards, we should be willing to face any fear, fight any foe, and keep the faith despite the doubts and temptations the devil will throw our way. As the Bible says in 2 Timothy, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life."
MUSICAL SELECTION: "Take Me Back" by Andrae Crouch and "Victory" by Byron Cage
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