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TCW Short Take #4: Doing Sports God’s Way, Not the Idol-Worshipping Way

The Christian Worldview / David Wheaton
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June 4, 2019 12:56 pm

TCW Short Take #4: Doing Sports God’s Way, Not the Idol-Worshipping Way

The Christian Worldview / David Wheaton

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June 4, 2019 12:56 pm

What kinds of things are you saying to athletes when you’re coaching them?

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What are some of the things that you're challenging athletes to do?

Maybe give some examples of that. Well, one thing, the scripture says this in Ephesians 5-11. It says, do not participate in the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. So one way of doing that, David, and really extracting what is Christ from that which is not, is I want to expose fear, for example, in a young athlete. Why do we want to expose fear? Because the Bible says fear is torment. It also says in that same verse, the perfect love, perfect love, which is talking about the perfect love of Christ, cast out fear. And it also says, for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but rather power, love, and a sound mind.

That's 2 Timothy chapter 1 verse 7. So in these camps, we're going to try to extract and try to expose sins like fear, greed, pride, idolatry of all different sorts. We're going to try to show through athletic competition and intense training that these things are, if they're alive and kicking in your life, that they're going to be readily seen. And now, you gently can help lead a kid into, here's how we conquer that. So we're not just trying to get the kid to be better athletes, better sports, don't swear, don't do this, don't do that. Yeah, hopefully all that happens, but the idea is to get right to the source of the matter. We're going to try to show through athletic competition and intense training that these things are, if they're alive and kicking in your life, that they're going to be readily seen. And now, you gently can help lead a kid into, here's how we conquer that. So we're not just trying to get the kid to be better athletes, better sports, don't swear, don't do this, don't do that.

Yeah, hopefully all that happens, but the idea is to get right to the source of the matter. Is there sin in your life? Let's repent from it. How do we know there's sin? How do we know there's fear there? Well, I saw you standing at the free throw line and I saw you looking around at everybody else and you were thinking, are they thinking about me if I make the shot, I'm a hero, if I miss a shot, I'm the goat.

And we saw the fear in your heart. You know, even moms and dads, maybe you don't know anything about a three technique in football, mom or dad. Maybe you don't know anything about taking a free throw, the technique of it. Maybe that's the coach's job, but maybe you do know, guess, my son is scared to death standing at that free throw line. And how now can you as a parent, being that you've seen it when he was eight years old, maybe at the youth sports level, how now can you go home and have a really good conversation with him about the Bible and what the Bible says about fear. And how to have peace in very trying times. These are things that kids can really learn at an early age and sports can be that constant in their life that continually brings that up. We hope you gained from this short take of the Christian Worldview radio program. To hear the full program and further connect with this ministry, visit thechristianworldview.org. I'm David Wheaton.
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