Overcomers

Have you ever taken a moment to consider what the Bible means when it talks about Christians as “those who overcome”? It’s all over the place in the Bible. Some verses talk about us as being victorious, others talk about what we are victorious over, and still others talk about how we are victorious. On Sunday, we began a journey through that very topic.

The one thing that is critical to understand as we begin this journey together is this: our victory is a stated fact. It is a stated fact because it has been given to us by Jesus. It is his victory, but it is a victory that he shares with us. Because of that truth, we can live and breathe in the words of Romans 8:37 “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”

nikao. It is a Greek word that appears 28 times in the New Testament, and it means “to overcome” or “be victorious”; and it is used quite a few of those 28 times to talk about Christians.

While we will talk about Jesus as the victor, I wonder how many of us have come to the firm and absolute conclusion that

Sermon Big Idea:
Because Jesus was victorious in his life, his death and his resurrection, and is victorious still, those who believe in him are “overcomers” as well.

Sermon Points:

  • ύπερνικάω (hupernikao).
    • ύπερ (huper) means more, over and above, super
    • νικάω (nikao) means to overcome, to conquer.
  • those who believe in Jesus are “super-conquerors”.
  • This word talks about someone who has not just won or defeated an adversary, but has done so in such a way that there is no question of their superiority or their right to the victory.
  • We come from a heritage of overcomers (Joshua/Jericho, David/Goliath, Moses/Pharaoh)
  • We are overcomers (Luke 10:19, 1 John 5:4-5)
  • Romans 8:35-39 Paul reiterates that NOTHING can overcome us, not even death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)
  • It is Jesus’ victory that has been given to us (Psalm 20:6, 1 John 4:4)
  • Revelation 12:11 says that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb, but that we also continue overcoming through the word of our testimony, by living victoriously for Jesus.
  • A spiritual battle still rages around us, a battle we are expected to participate in, a battle that we CAN participate in because we are overcomers in Christ.
  • It can be a hard fight, a discouraging fight, a never-ending fight.
  • We must remember that we are victorious because Jesus is already victorious.

Follow-up questions:
Are there any areas in your life that you feel “beaten” in? Ask God to help you understand how you can be victorious even in those areas.

Questions for families with small children:
Talk to your children about the images of Jesus as a warrior, as God being our shield and deliverer. Ask them how that image of Jesus makes them feel?

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