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Finish Strong: Running With Endurance


Finish Strong is a four-session sermon series that will challenge your students to evaluate how they’re running their race of faith and equip them to run so that they may obtain the prize that awaits them. Your students will be encouraged to know that perseverance isn’t all up to them but rests on the power of God within them.

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William Culbertson, former president of Moody Bible Institute, once said that “it’s important to start right, but it’s imperative to end well.” However, in a world that seems opposite of everything Christ embodies, how do we have any hope of crossing the finish line in good shape? Learning to persevere in our faith is no simple task, but when we discover what to lay aside, what to focus on, and how to do it, the Light at the end of the tunnel becomes much brighter.

  • Session Overview
  • What's Included

    • Any large group setting
    • Mid-week youth service
    • "Master teacher” format 


    • Session 1 – Two of Twelve (Numbers 13:25-33) | As the Israelites are on the doorstep of the Promised Land, they encounter one more hurdle to overcome, and no, it’s not the other nations. Ten of the twelve spies return with a negative report, and the Israelites must choose whom to believe. Similarly, when we near goals or finish lines in our lives, we tend to hesitate out of fear of what comes next. But when we believe and hold fast to God’s promises, we are able to finish strong.
    • Session 2 – Lay Aside (Hebrews 12:1-3) | Our world doesn’t do us any favors when it comes to finishing strong in our faith. There are countless distractions and sins waiting to trip us up and hold us back, but if we’re going to run our race well, we must lay aside every weight and every sin. The only way we can lay them aside and run with endurance is by keeping our eyes on Jesus.
    • Session 3 – Leave Behind (Philippians 3:7-14) | We’re all in one of two boats – when we look at our pasts, we’re either proud or ashamed. We’re a people who love to look in the rearview mirror, but when we focus on what’s behind us, we’re unable to move forward into God’s call on our lives. To persevere, we have to leave behind all things, good and bad, and strain toward knowing Christ.
    • Session 4 – The Finish Line (2 Timothy 4:7-8) | At some point in our race, we’re going to hit a wall. We’re going to find ourselves in a situation that shifts our focus to what’s right in front of us, but when we do that, we lose our motivation to run well. How can we get back on track? We can regain our motivation by knowing that if we faithfully persevere and seek the Lord to the end, He will crown us with His perfect righteousness.  
  • Detailed Sermon Outlines 

    Every Sermon Series comes with detailed sermon outlines. Teach them "as is" or adapt them to suit your specific ministry context. 

    Discussion questions 

    Questions are designed to foster conversations, help students think critically about the teaching, and wrestle with how these Biblical truths impact their complicated and ever-changing lives. You can use these discussion questions to facilitate small groups after your large group teaching or even create handouts for students to work through the message as you go.

    Title and Background slides 

    These are designed to be dropped into your favorite presentation software to help you build a creative environment around your sermon. Use them as a backdrop for song lyrics, Scripture passages, teaching points, and any illustrations you choose to display.

    Artwork for promo and social media 

    Social media images, web banners, and a printable poster file are included. Perfect for newsletters, websites, social media platforms, or print them off for posters and bulletin inserts.

    Logo (including native logo design files) 

    We include a logo file and the native design files to allow you to use the logo in ways you see fit. 

    100% downloadable and adaptable

    You can download everything as soon as you finish your purchase. Nothing is shipped to you.


Overview and Sample Sermon

Overview and Sample Sermon

Download a full overview of Finish Strong and sample the first sermon in the series.

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