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DO YOU DO CROSS-TRAINING? Matthew 16:24 (Amplified), Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23
We are all familiar with the word cross-training, where someone does different sports to develop different muscles and strengths to enhance their performance for competition.
Cross-training gets you in shape and in condition so you don’t get out of shape, lazy, rusty or unhealthy.
I. (Galatians 5:24) Cross-training consists of… A. Denying myself--self-denial of my wants, ways, and will. B. Take up the cross in the midst of pressure, stress, temptation, opposition, hardship, difficulty, obstacles. C. Follow Him--submission.
II. (Verses 25-27) Benefits of cross-training. • Find it – ________________ • Gain it – priceless opportunity • Reward for it – prized possession A. A cross-training Christian would never tell Jesus,” “I can’t,” “I won’t," or “I don’t.” B. A cross-training Christian would never tell Jesus, “I don’t have to,” “I don’t want to,” “I’m not going to.” C. A cross-training Christian understands they have to give through stuff, fast through stuff, wait through stuff, praise through stuff, and rebuke through stuff.
III. (1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Timothy 4:7, 2 Timothy 4:8, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Titus 2:3-5, Hebrews 5:14, Hebrews 12:11) All about cross-training: A. (Philippians 2:12) Cross-training is an everyday workout. B. (Proverbs 11:1, Mark 10:17, James 2:10) Cross-training is a workout in all areas, not some. C. (2 Timothy 2:3, 1 Corinthians 9:25 Amplified) Cross-training is not going to be easy but painful. D. (Galatians 6:1) Cross-training requires workout buddies.
IV. (Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21, Luke 23:26) Example of a cross-training Simon of Cyrene. A. (Colossians 1:20) The cross brought me to Jesus. B. (Galatians 6:14) The cross allowed me to follow Him. C. (Colossians 2:14) The cross invited me to participate in the greatest work in history. D. (Mark 15:21, Romans 16:13) The cross changed and influenced my future and the future of my family. E. (Hebrews 12:2) The cross is a weight that I so joyously bear. F. (Ephesians 2:16) The cross called and separated me out of the crowd. G. (1 Corinthians 1:18) The cross gave me purpose for living to know my purpose.
In Conclusion: In the beginning Simon didn’t have a choice to pick up that cross of Jesus’, but at the end he had a choice to put it down.