Verse Of The Week : 17 Jun 2024

June 18, 2024

NEW PURPOSE: KNOW AND SHARE THE GOSPEL

READY:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.”

Matthew 28:19-20

SET:
As athletes, we understand that every game has a purpose.
Each time we step on the field, the court, or the track, we are driven by a goal—to compete, to strive for excellence, and ultimately to win.
But is that all that matters?
Is there a greater purpose?

As followers of Jesus, we have a higher call to be reflectors of who God is and directional markers that point others to Christ.
Like an athlete training for a competition, our walk with Christ requires dedication, discipline, and sacrifice.
We are called to train spiritually, to grow in our knowledge of Jesus, and to share His love with others.

Imagine waking up each day with a mission that goes beyond personal achievement.
When we embrace our new purpose in Christ, every practice, every game, and every interaction becomes an opportunity to reflect God’s love and share the gospel.
Just as we prepare meticulously for a game, we must also prepare our hearts and minds to share this message of hope that is within us.
Our field, court, track, and podium become our platform to be a voice for Jesus!

In sports, every moment counts.
Every play, every decision, and every effort contribute to the outcome.
Likewise, every moment in our lives is an opportunity to demonstrate Christ’s love and share His message.
Whether it’s a conversation with a teammate, an interaction with a parent, or a connection with a stranger, we are called to be ambassadors of Christ.

Sharing the gospel starts with each of us being convicted and motivated to share our personal story of how Jesus has transformed our lives.
Authenticity is powerful.
God can use any mess in our lives to become His message.
When we speak from the heart, people see the genuine impact of Christ in our lives and are drawn to Him.

Living with this new purpose means aligning our actions and attitudes with God’s mission, both on and off the field.
It’s about being intentional in our relationships and looking for opportunities to reflect God’s love and truth.
As we commit to this purpose, our lives will take on new meaning and significance.

Embrace this new purpose with joy and confidence, knowing that you are part of God’s great mission.
Let’s go forth and make disciples, sharing the incredible news of Jesus Christ with everyone we encounter in our athletic pursuits.
The Olympic creed emphasizes participation, fighting well, and a tenacious spirit over victory and medals.
But as followers of Jesus, we have an even greater purpose that transcends mere victory and encompasses our entire journey as athletes.

Our greater purpose is to know Him and make Him known.

GO:

  1. How can you deepen your understanding of the gospel so you can share it more effectively with your teammates and others in your athletic community?
  2. What practical steps can you take to share the gospel in your daily life as an athlete?
  3. Are there fears or obstacles that hold you back from sharing your faith in the sports arena? How can you address these with God’s help?
  4. Reflect on your own journey of faith. How has knowing Jesus changed your life, and how can you share this story with those you compete with, against and meet regularly?
Matthew 28:19-20, Verse of the Week, Kingdom Runners

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