A preview of what we will cover over the next few class sessions.
Have you ever thought about what needs to happen in conversion? I have. Share the RTW experience.
We don’t have to sell the Good News God gave us a great offensive weapon - prayer. C. H. Spurgeon wrote Prayer is the master weapon. We should be greatly wise if we used it more, and did so with a more specific purpose. - Col. 4:2-6 provides some guidelines. Devote … By this I don’t mean just gathering at center court prior to the game. Praying before a game may be a great thing to do. Some kids have never seen someone pray. And, even sadder, some kids do not have a single person praying for them. Open door Clearly; boldly Wisdom toward outsiders – treat them differently – grace Respond grace and salt – sport is perfect for this What are other things for which we should pray in relation evangelistic ministry? Laborers, protection from the enemy, open hearts, … Paul prayed unceasingly for people he never met. Romans 1:9-10
What are other things for which we should pray in relation evangelistic ministry? Laborers (be careful – ch. 10 Jesus enlists those He just ask to pray for laborers. Protection from the enemy open hearts, … Paul prayed unceasingly for people he never met. Romans 1:9-10
Masters thesis. Pearson r coefficient measures correlations between different categories. Prayer was twice as likely to lead to more people being assimilated into the life of the church than any other factor. Make a list.
Promote your activities outside your church. Strive for a 50/50 ratio of believers to seekers (adult sports). Utilize multiple-touch activities. Build community through team sports.
Organize for spontaneity. Offer service opportunities. Consider coed sports. Try unique or new activities.
Evangelistically Effective Sports and RecreationValid reasons for a church to use sports and recreation.Is there a highest and best use?Evangelism … Malone College Presentation 1 Steve Quatro email@example.com
Principles for effective sports ministry• Develop intentional and specific prayer.2. Develop a written mission statement focusing on evangelism.3. Develop yourself and a team around you.4. Build friendships with lost people.5. Intentionally and thoughtfully share with lost people about God.6. Persevere. Malone College Presentation 2 Steve Quatro firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray. For a change.Principle 1:Develop intentional and specific prayer.LA Marathon StoryThe Condition of Lost People Matthew 7:13-14 Acts 26:17-18 Ephesians 2:1-2 1 Peter 2:9Conversion is a miracle that requires prayer.Challenge Question Malone College Presentation 3 Steve Quatro email@example.com
Pray. For a change.Principle 1:Develop intentional and specific prayer.Colossians 4:2-6 provides guidelines regarding prayer.Devote yourselves to prayer (v. 2) so that: God will open a door for us to share the Word. v. 3 God will help us speak the message clearly (boldly). v. 4 We conduct ourselves with wisdom toward outsiders . v. 5 We respond to everyone with grace and salt. v. 6 Malone College Presentation 4 Steve Quatro firstname.lastname@example.org
Pray. For a change.Principle 1:Develop intentional and specific prayer.We can also pray for: Laborers for the work. Matthew 9:36-38 Protection from the enemy of our souls. 1 Peter 5:8 2 Kings 6:16-17 Open and receptive hearers. Acts 16:14 Malone College Presentation 5 Steve Quatro email@example.com
Pray. For a change.Principle 1:Develop intentional and specific prayer.What are some ways to encourage people topray specifically for a sports outreach activity?• 100 people praying for 100 days• Family praying while participants are playing• Intercessors praying for a specific player• Malone College Presentation 6 Steve Quatro firstname.lastname@example.org
Prayer is the only thing we can do that hits home every time. C. S. LewisWhere there is necessary skill to move mountains,there is no need for the faith to move mountains. Eric Hoffer The one concern the devil has is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, work, and ministries. He laughs at our toil, mocks our wisdom, but trembles when we pray. Samuel Chadwick Malone College Presentation 7 Steve Quatro email@example.com
Whose friend are we?Principle 4Build friendships with lost people.• Promote your activities outside your church.• In adult sports strive for a 50/50 ratio of believers to seekers.• Utilize multiple-touch activities.• Build community through team sports. Malone College Presentation 8 Steve Quatro firstname.lastname@example.org
Whose friend are we?Principle 4Build friendships with lost people.• Organize for spontaneity.• Offer service opportunities.• Consider coed sports.• Try unique or new activities. Malone College Presentation 9 Steve Quatro email@example.com
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