In May of 2010, I once again served on staff for the FCA National College Conference. Staff and coaches from Nebraska FCA led the competition time with what they call “Doing Sports God’s Way.” Prior to this time God had been instilling a strong desire to begin going deeper in teaching coaches and athletes in the Greater Peoria Area how to “compete Biblically.” Playing football for Coach Scotty Kessler at Greenville College, I was able to witness and experience Biblical coaching and be trained in competing biblically. After playing for Coach Kessler I had the privilege of student coaching directly under him and being mentored still to this day through our relationship.
God has used my relationship with Coach Kessler and time with the Nebraska FCA staff and coaches to give me a clear vision of the direction He wanted to take the FCA ministry in the Greater Peoria Area. I wanted to begin training coaches and athletes on how to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2) in the midst of competition. A clear picture is painted in Colossians 3:23, ”Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men”, that there are 2 ways to do sport…God’s way or man’s way. The Bible is clear in teaching this about sport and life.
In the Greater Peoria Area we have taken curriculum used by the Nebraska FCA staff and resource materials written by Coach Scotty Kessler as foundational training resources for our 4 areas of ministry with coaches and athletes. Along with the Bible, a book by Wes Neal called “The Handbook on Athletic Perfection” that teaches principles of competing Biblically, is one of the primary resources we are using for this training.
This goes far beyond prayer to God before and after competition and into what it means "to be transformed into the likeness of His son." (Romans 8:29) Redefining how coaches and athletes use the words Goal, Winning, Audience, and Motivation.
In Romans 12:1 Paul says “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.” Knowing the sacrifice made for us on the cross we are to offer all of ourselves to God as a sacrifice. This means that competing God’s way is a "holy and pleasing" offering to God and an "act of worship."
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