Victory! – A sermon recap

On Sunday morning, I had the pleasure of preaching this message to our church during our “youth month.” I hope that you find the following valuable in your walk with Christ…

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

Introduction

Paul wrote to the Romans, a people who knew firsthand the meaning of “conquering.” They were a people of triumphs, of spoils of war, of taking slaves, of subjugating their enemies, of seeing foreign kings in chains, of worshipping their emperors because of their great victories. The Roman Empire, even at the time of Paul’s letter to the Romans, was a force to be reckoned with.

And to these people he writes that through Jesus, we are “MORE” than conquerors! The following points go onto explain how this transpires:

1- We become more than a conqueror through defeating sin! (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Sin separates us from God. When we live a life of sin we are doomed to an eternity in hell because of this separation. It is God’s will that we not only be saved, but also conquer the bondage of sin our lives. This is where our victory starts.

2- We become more than a conqueror through having the right weapons (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)

Our weapons are not made of flesh. Our goals shouldn’t be in obtaining material gain, even for benevolent purposes. Our aim should be that of influencing the mind in order to gain influence in our world. We win not by armies, but by influence.

3- We become more than a conqueror through following the orders of Jesus! (Heb 2:10)

Everything rises and falls on leadership, and in Jesus we have the greatest leader in the history of the Earth! Only in the church do we sometimes think that we can obtain the blessings of God without obeying his word.

The world understands that blessing comes from obedience. We get paid because we obey our boss, or we listen to what the customer wants. The same principle applies in our Christianity. We must obey in order to obtain the promised victory.

4- We become more than a conqueror through seeing our victory! (1 Cor. 15:51-58, Rev. 21:1-7)

Christians need to understand that our ultimate goal is not victory in this life, but in the next. Ultimately, heaven and earth will pass away. All the houses, cars, banks, and earthly things shall one day be forgotten. The only thing that lasts is us! We need to make sure that we are preparing for eternity!

One day Jesus is going to come back and judge the world. One day we are going to answer for every decision we made. Are you going to face Jesus as a judge or a friend?

The decision to go to heaven or hell is in our hands. Choose wisely.