Pastor Ronnie McDougall : Playing to Win

Playing to Win · 40:50 · Recorded February 2, 2020

Playing To Win

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (CSB) Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown. So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

Am I playing to win, or playing not to lose?

A sure way to lose:

Assuming that blessing equals God’s favor.

Pursuing the temporary, not the eternal.

Testimony: Tim Collier

How to play to win:

1. Plan

(What plans have you made regarding your family, spiritual growth, physical health, friendships, etc.?)

Luke 14:28 (NIV) Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

Proverbs 16:3 (NIV) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

2. Limitations

(What changes need to be made? What needs to be removed from your schedule?)

Luke 1:37 (NLT) For nothing is impossible with God.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

3. Accountability

(Who in your life speaks truth in love to you? Are you open and transparent with them?)

Proverbs 27:17 (ESV) Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV) Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

4. Yieldedness

(Do you start each day with God? Are you consciously and intentionally giving him leadership of your life every day?)

James 4:7-8 (NLT) So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.

Tim Collier

10-year NFL Veteran
Kansas City Chiefs 1976-1980
St. Louis Cardinals 1980-1982
San Francisco 49ers 1982-1985
Member of 1984 49er Super Bowl Team
NFL Record Books for one of the longest interception returns – 100 yards – 1977 Chiefs vs. Raiders
Inducted into East Texas A&M University Hall of Fame – 1996
NAIA National Championship – 1972
1st Team, All LSC – 3 years
Honorable Mention All-Conference
1st Team All NAIA (All American) 1975

Married to Cindy for 37 years
Blessed with two daughters and the gift of grandkids
Has lived in Fresno since 2000

  • In what areas of your life are you truly playing to win, and in what areas are you merely playing not to lose? What will you do differently from today forward to change that?

  • Looking at the two ‘sure ways to lose’, discuss in your small group what some real-life examples of each might be. Talk though how you can correct these.

  • What was your main take away from Tim’s story today? How can you relate to him and his circumstances and situations?

  • Which of the four points in PLAY is most challenging for you? What causes that difficulty for you?

  • Review the questions under each point in PLAY. Spend time in prayer examining your heart, asking God where you need to make changes, and listening for his response. Write down some steps you’ll take or list out some goals to help you make the changes you and God identified.

  • Elementary parents, today we began a new series talking about Faith. Our bottom line was we can believe in Jesus even though we can’t see him. Ask kids who wrote down the stories that they or others saw. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) Even though we didn’t personally see the things that were written that Jesus did, we can trust in the words that were recorded by the people who did. As a family look up Hebrews 11:1. Work together as a family to memorize this verse this month.

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  • Valley

  • Reckless Love

  • Who You Say I Am

  • Highlands

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