The One Who Finished Strong – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

The One Who Finished Strong

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

2 Timothy 4:9–11
Be diligent to come to me quickly; for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica—Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

Take Away / Application

  • To run the race of life with endurance and finish strong, with eternity in mind.
  • That the passion of reaching people with the Gospel would dominate our life.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Read Hebrews 12:1–2 and 2 Timothy 4:7. Scripture compares this life to a race. Many times life feels like a mad dash or a sprint, instead of the marathon it truly is. What would you find the most difficult about running a marathon? Would you rather run a marathon or series of sprints? Why?
  2. What was the finish line that motivated Paul and allowed Him to endure the race that was set before Him? What is your motivation?
  3. What things ensnare you and keep you from running the race for Jesus?
  4. Pastor Harrell mentioned that Paul faithfully fought, what in your life is worth fighting for?
  5. Paul viewed the message of the Gospel as non-negotiable and worth the fight. Where does the priority of the Gospel rank in your life?
  6. Do you really believe the Gospel is worth sacrificing for? If it truly was, how might life look different?
  7. What might God be calling you to surrender now for the greater good of the Gospel?
  8. Has there been a time in your life when you’ve minimized a personal preference (without compromising conviction)? Please share with your group?
  9. To the apostle Paul, the Gospel was non-negotiable, but the method he used to reach people was flexible. Personally, what does it look like to not compromise the message of the Gospel, adopt the best method to reach people, yet stick to Biblical truth?
  10. When you look at your office, school, neighborhood and friends, who is God asking you to reach? Begin praying for that person and take steps to reach them. Have your Group keep you accountable and ask them to pray with you.

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Scripture Reference

2 Timothy


Endure, Finish, Joy, Race, Sacrifice