"Let the Games Begin" Sermon Series • August 7 - August 21

This summer, the attention of the entire world turns to Rio as our greatest athletes gather to compete in the 2016 Olympic Games. For these athletes, journeys filled with years of dedication, training and perseverance bring them to the glory of Olympic competition. The scriptures are filled with Olympic terms and metaphors urging us to use the commitment of an athlete to be what God would have us to be. Join us at Asbury this summer for a fun sermon series offering coaching and lessons from ancient and modern Olympic athletes for our journeys of faith.


August 7: Straining forward // 1 Corinthians 9:24-25; Philippians 3:13-14  

Olympic athletes compete in a variety of events. Not everyone is a fast sprinter, some are long distance runners. And not all are runners, some are swimmers. Some couldn’t swim to save their lives, but they can throw a javelin like nobody’s business. There are even Olympic medals in badminton and table tennis. What do all of these folks have in common? They are each using their gifts and abilities to compete at the highest possible level. They are giving their all in pursuit of excellence. We’re not all going to serve God and glorify him in precisely the same way.

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August 14: Training for the games // I Corinthians 9:24-27

Going to the Olympics requires intense training and focus.  As followers of Christ we are called to work hard on our spiritual growth.  Prayer, worship, fasting, small groups, spiritual conversations, reading and discussing books on the spiritual life strengthen us and help us to see the ideal we strive towards. The ordinances or spiritual disciplines are to us spiritually what exercise is to us physically. Pursuing them requires time and energy, but just as you begin to feel stronger and better when you exercise, you find your soul lifted up, your spiritual strength increasing, as you practice these things. 

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August 21: The power of the team // Hebrews 10:24-25,12:1; Galatians 6:2

Various Olympic competitions are team sports.  As Christians we are called to be part of a team.  To be a Christian is to be connected with others, to be in relationship. Jesus did not simply call us to love God, but also to love our neighbor. He started a church to be a place where believers would encourage one another, “provoke” and challenge one another to good deeds, and bear one another’s burdens. That’s what it means to be a part of a team.

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