Running To Win

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

The High Cost of Lost Opportunities #3 of 3 (Single Sermon)

March 27, 2013

When Jesus cursed a fig tree for not bearing fruit, He was telling us that His followers need to bear fruit He could approve. Today, some lessons we can take home from a very serious event in the life of Jesus right before His own death.  

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Jesus cursing a fig tree isn’t something we normally think about during Holy Week. But in today’s message, Pastor Lutzer shows how bearing fruit is important to God, and was a lesson Jesus taught His disciples just one day after riding into Jerusalem.
March 26, 2013
The triumphal entry of Christ was both a joyous and a solemn occasion. In today’s message, Pastor Lutzer gives us a crucial lesson that Jesus taught in connection with His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
March 25, 2013
In the church of Jesus, persecution is assured, and there is no “Get Out of Jail Free” card. In fact, Jesus urges us to be faithful unto death, that we might obtain the crown of life. It’s not a promise of health and wealth, but it is a promise of eventual triumph.   
March 22, 2013
Is there anything you would give your life for? The early followers of Jesus often became martyrs. The word martyr simply means “witness.” Even today, in many places, being a witness for Christ can cost you your life. Jesus knows every time one of His followers makes the supreme sacrifice, and today, He commends a church willing to follow Him even to death.   
March 21, 2013
We don’t know a lot about the New Testament church at Smyrna in what is now modern Turkey. There’s no record of its founding. But what we do know speaks volumes about the opinion Jesus had of this church, and the opinion He has of some of our churches today. Few of us face the persecution inflicted on His followers in Smyrna. What would happen if we did?  
March 20, 2013
Jesus has clear expectations of His followers and of His church. It’s our job to make sure He’s pleased. His words to seven churches in Revelation describe conditions that we face today. And the response Jesus wanted to see from the churches of the past is the response He desires from us today: repentance and  resumption of doing the works He approves.
March 19, 2013
“I have good news, and I have bad news.” We’ve all heard this phrase before. Jesus had “news” for seven churches in the early chapters of the book of Revelation. For the first church, His message was a mix of good and bad. He gave the good news first, but then expressed His judgment on a matter He felt was crucial.  
March 18, 2013
New Christians often have a radiant love for Jesus. Sadly, as time passes, that love sometimes cools. In the first century AD, Ephesus was a major city along the coast of what is now Turkey. Jesus commended the Ephesian church, but then chastised them for leaving their first love. What would He say about your church? 
March 15, 2013
We learn from the book of Philippians that God has highly exalted Jesus, giving Him the name which is above every name. That same exalted Jesus fills the book of Revelation—a Jesus with hair as white as snow and eyes of flaming fire.  In John’s vision of Jesus, he falls before Him as one dead. Jesus then details His judgments on seven churches of that day.  
March 14, 2013
Have you ever wondered what Jesus looks like? Famous paintings give the impression of a man with long hair and a kind face, but the Jesus of artwork is a far cry from the Jesus of Revelation—a Christ with eyes of flaming fire. His words thundered to seven churches of the first century: words that thunder as we imagine His opinion of our churches today. 
March 13, 2013
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Living With Your Passions
In a hyper-sexualized culture, sex is either reduced to pleasure-seeking or conflated with our identity. But God designed us as sexual beings for emotional and spiritual intimacy whose highest calling is to worship Him. In this revised edition, Pastor Erwin Lutzer draws on forty years of ministry experience to present a rationale for sexual purity. He gives an honest answer to the sexual pressures we face like extramarital relationships, self-gratification, same-sex attraction, and more. As desire-driven creatures, we don't have to pursue happiness at the expense of character. With our identity grounded in Christ, we can live victoriously with our passions. Click below to receive this book for a gift of any amount or call Moody Church Media at 1.800.215.5001.

About Running To Win

Running the race of life is hard. But with the Bible front and center and a heart to encourage, Pastor Erwin Lutzer presents clear Bible teaching, helping you make it across the finish line. Since 2011, this 25-minute program has provided a Godward focus and features listeners’ questions.

About Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years (1980-2016). He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law (Now Trinity Law School).

A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on two radio programs: Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast and Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943. Running To Win broadcasts on a thousand outlets in the U.S. and across more than fifty countries in seven languages. His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He has led tours to Israel and to the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.

Pastor Lutzer is also a prolific author of over seventy books, including the bestselling We Will Not Be Silenced, One Minute After You Die, and the Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross. Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area and have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Connect with Pastor Lutzer on X (@ErwinLutzer) or moodymedia.org.

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