Spring Theme | 2022
"RUN THE RACE WITH ENDURANCE"
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12.1-2)
Faith is a journey of endurance. Through every season of life, we need reminders to stick with it and move forward towards the prize. This spring and summer, the Downtown church focus on 3 key words to inform and motivate our faith: RUN, RACE & ENDURANCE.
- Running is an intentional activity. It implies we are active and pursuing something. Faith is not stagnant... we must press on! (Philippians 3.12)
- Racing means we have purpose as we go. We're not running aimlessly (1 Corinthians 9.24-26). Our habits of holiness are not the end in themselves. There is a goal and prize at the end of this life to which we are headed (Philippians 3.14).
- Endurance is the central theme in the conversation about faith. Think about how often the gospel calls us to do things that are uncomfortable and hard. Faithfulness in the face of sin requires us to have a settled determination that comes from endurance (Hebrews 10.36).
The focus of this spring theme is to remind us that faith requires our attention and effort; BUT also that we are not alone. We are surrounded by those before us, those around us, and the pacesetter, Jesus. All of these encourage us towards the goal. Let us run the race with endurance.
At the Downtown church, we strive for unity with each other and, more importantly, with Christ. To this end, we have themes throughout the year to emphasize specific topics and ideas from scripture so we can be more like Jesus. Check out the pages below to see other themes that we have followed as a church.