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Gospel centred sermons, based on the lectionary often in advance.

Aug 12, 2016

Focus text Hebrews 12:1-2 Direct audio file download

Before you listen to this podcast you may want to google Derek Redmond or Click here for a video clip of the run.

In my podcast three years ago when I talked about this passage I concentrated on our running of the race encouraged by those who have gone before us in the faith. This time round I’m going to pick up on the theme of Jesus being the one who “Leads us and makes our faith complete.” (Heb 12:2 CEV)
    The picture I have in mind is inspired by the story of Olympian Derek Redmond who in an Olympic final broke down but completed the race when his Father came down from the stands and helped him across the line. This is the picture I have of the role Jesus plays in the Christian life. He came to us from beyond, becoming one of us. Like Redmond’s father he left the stand and joined the human race in order that we may finish, even carrying us across the line.

Questions for thought or discussion
What motivates you to keep running the human and the Christian race? What do you think of the notion that Christ is the completer or perfecter of our faith?

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