IN THE ARENA OF FAITH

A Call to a Consecrated Life

by Erich Sauer

TABLE OF CONTENTS

AUTHOR'S PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION

CHAPTERS

I. "LET US LOOK UNTO JESUS!"

The three main New Testament writings concerning the glory of Christ. The chief message of Hebrews 12.

II. CHRIST-THE EXAMPLE IN THE RACE

Christ as steadfast Hero, Leader, and perfect Exponent of faith, triumphal Victor, Example for His followers.

III. THE ANCIENT GREEK RACE-COURSE AND THE SPIRITUAL WARFARE

(as compared in the New Testament)

The "Gymnasium". The "Palaistra". The "Academia ". The Olympian and Isthmian games. Circus Maximus and Coliseum in Rome. The religious character of pagan sport and athletics. Running. Boxing. Wrestling. Horse races. Chariot-races. Gladiators. Qualifications for entry. The herald. The stadium. Five wreaths (crowns) of victory. The "white stone" in the letter to Pergamum. The peril of being disqualified.

IV. THE RACE THAT IS SET BEFORE US

Three main reasons for our conflict. The attitude of the runner necessary to reach the goal.

V. THE CHRISTIAN RACE AS AN OBSTACLE RACE

The Christian and suffering. The sevenfold blessings of suffering. Seven reasons given in the Sermon on the Mount against the spirit of anxiety.

VI. PRESSING ON TO THE MARK!

Paralysing powers. Quickening powers. The problem of the third generation. The necessity and possibility of a revival.

VII. WASTED PRIVILEGES

Christ the Firstborn. The rights of the firstborn in Israel. The birthright of the Church. The New Testament general priesthood. The serious danger. The hour of decision. The birthright and the heavenly prize.

VIII. LISTEN! GOD SPEAKS!

The heavenly riches of the Church. Three chief mountains of God. The holy obligations of the redeemed. The heavenly glory.


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