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Free Christian resources about re-released Chariots of Fire film
Culturewatch ministry Damaris has released free resources to use in conjunction with the re-release of the digitally-remastered Chariots of Fire and the Olympics. Download free from their Chariots of Fire page including the videos below in WMV or MOV format, plus free discussion materials and PowerPoints to use in meetings, youth groups or schools.
"Run" in the Bible: Hebrews 12:1
In several places in the New Testament, the Christian walk is described as a race to be run. Running in a race requires perseverance, training, and commitment--the parallels to the Christian life are clear: we should rid ourselves of all hindrances and weights holding us back.
"Crown" in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9:25
The Christian life is here compared to an athletic event, in which athletes compete for a prize. If people will work hard to attain a prize that won't last forever, should they devote themselves even more fully to the pursuit of a prize that will endure?
Persistence -- a Christian perspective
The writer here isn't interested in living his life for any other purpose than to complete the task set before him by God. All Christians should focus their lives around God's will for us, not around our own desires or fears.
Every nation - a Christian perspective
The family of God is not restricted to any particular ethnicity or nationality. The Bible clearly teaches that God's kingdom includes people of every race and nationality.
Swift in the Bible - a Christian perspective
King Solomon writes in Ecclesiastes that the race doesn't always go to the swift, or the battle to the strong. He says that time and chance effect us all. No one can escape them.
Prize - a Christian perspective
The Christian life is compared to a race. Just as, in a physical race, we would push ourselves to the limit for the prize, shouldn't we demonstrate the same level of commitment in pursuing Jesus Christ?
"Run the race" in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9:24
The Christian life is compared to a race--we're all running together towards a goal. In this case, we aren't trying to "beat" our fellow runners, but why wouldn't we focus all of our energy on reaching our goal as quickly and efficiently as we can?
Running the race in the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
When an athlete decides to run a marathon, he or she commits to serious training. Why would it be any different with our spiritual life? This passage challenges Christians to understand the Christian life as a race: a long-term commitment that is more successful when we "train" ourselves daily with Bible study, prayer, and other spiritual disciplines.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - What Makes the Marathon Worth It - #8140
It actually made me think of the race I’m trying to run, which is not for Olympic gold, but for something better. These six words: “Well done, good and faithful servant,” (Matthew 25:21) spoken by Jesus at the finish line of my life.