Week 1: Running Your Race

Text: 1 Corinthians 9:24–27
Topic(s): Self-Discipline, Crown, Purpose, Running
Big Idea of the Message: Using athletic metaphors, Paul strongly encourages believers to faithfully run the race that God has set before them in such a way as to win the eternal crown.
Application Point: To run our race in a winning manner, we must be willing to train ourselves, to live each day intentionally, and to bring our bodies under control through self-discipline and the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Discussion Questions:
  • What is one thing that stood out to you from this week’s message?
  • In what ways can we train ourselves to run in such a way as to win the prize?
  • How do we practice self­-control over our lives but keep from living legalistically and from a performance or duty mindset?
  • What are some goals and dreams that God has put in your heart to run after? How do you know if a goal or dream is godly or fleshly?
  • What are some ways the followers of Jesus can become “disqualified”—not from their salvation but from receiving the rewards and prizes of heaven?
  • How can we pray for you?