PRACTICAL BIBLICAL GUIDANCE


COMPETITION

(Is it Good?)

0.) DEFINITION - "The quest for improvement, often with the goal of emulating or equaling or surpassing another."

1.) AREAS OF
A.) Marketplace - (Why do you shop where you do?)
B.) Career - (Resume & Interview: Education, Experience, Character)
(Performance: Exceptional vs Competent vs Weak)
C.) Sports/Arts - Age appropriate challenges. Character is the Quest.
("Vicarious Father Syndrome" "Protective Mother Syndrome")
D.) Ministry? - See below, #b,c,d

2.) BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES
A.) THE NATURE OF COMPETITION - 1 Cor 9:24-27
1.) All invited. 2.) Can be okay. 3.) Sacrifice required (count the cost)
4.) Commitment and intensity. 5.) Control the flesh. 6.) The rules.
B.) CHILDISH STRIVING FOR POSITION - 1 Cor 3:1-3
C.) UNITY AND DIVERSITY - 1 Cor 12:27-31
Desire - Teachable - Opportunity - Competence - Fruit
"We find our way around the world by looking for what we're GOOD at."
D.) NOBODY'S BETTER IN ESSENCE - 2 Cor 10: 12-13
Be content to develop God's gifts in you.

3.) BIBLICAL EXAMPLES
A.) GOOD - Othniel / Parable of Talents / John Baptist (John 3: 26-30)
B.) BAD - Cain vs Abel / Saul vs David / Herod vs Jesus

4.) IRON vs IRON (Prov 27:17)
a.) Smart Winners - Give Glory to God / Inspire, Teach & Encourage Others / Chose the BEST way over the EASY way / Keep trying to improve.
b.) Dumb Winners - (Tomorrow's Losers) - Take glory for self / Hold others down (the small pond syndrome) / Slack off.
c.) Dumb Losers - Blame God or Authorities for their plight / Give up / Want you to give up too.
d.) Smart Losers (Tomorrow's Winners) - Thank God for the chance to compete / Aren't traumatized by Failure / Work to improve.


5.) CONCLUSION (Phil 2:16)
The Reason we want to Grow and Improve and Shine:
"Holding forth the word of life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain."


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