Field of Faith Devotion Week 09 - The Gospel of Joy

Field Focus:
Fundamentals are foundational. This is evident with the improvement of skill through the season and continues to be a guiding principle with our coaches – our coaches consistently reinforce the fundamentals and keep basketball learnable and likeable (Practice Plans).   

Faith Focus: The Gospel of Joy
Family Game: Freeze Dance
Bible Verses: Romans 5:9-11
Memory Verse: (Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,)

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. This quote from John Piper is one of the most substantive statements about what it means to rejoice in God. As children of God, when we put our joy in in Him it renders eternal life and a peace that is rooted in an unchanging, supremely loving God. A joyful relationship with God is the ultimate goal for us. The relationships we enjoy with good friends are enjoyable not because they forgive us, but because those relationships bring us joy. We, who are God’s children, who have repented and believe that Jesus saves us from sin, have a relationship that we can place our joy in. The process that began at forgiveness, brings us to reconciliation and leads to us rejoicing in God.

“Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:9-10)

Christ’s death made right the relationship between us and God so that we could have peace with God. God no longer sees us as guilty sinners but as His children standing on the perfect work of His son Jesus.

“More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” (Romans 5:11)

Forgiveness and reconciliation through Jesus allows us to have this joyful relationship with God. This relationship allows us to place our joy in it and it renders back eternity. We can celebrate as his children knowing that our joy in God produces eternal glory and satiates the deepest desires of our soul.

Family Focus:
Talk to your kid(s) this week about the joy you experience in the relationships you treasure. Let them know why you enjoy those relationships, then list some of the joys that you find in your relationship with God.

Questions to consider:
1)    What does it mean to be most satisfied in God?
2)    How does idolatry take us away from God?
3)    What are some characteristics of a good relationship?

Freddy Keiaho
Field of Faith Devotion Week 08 - The Gospel to the Broken

Field Focus:
As we continue to play zone defense and garner a greater understanding of positional awareness. We will also focus on the off-ball movements that can be effective against zone and man defensive schemes (Practice Plan).

Faith Focus: The Gospel to the Broken
Family Game: Tigers, Traps, and Tarzan Game (Large Group Rock Paper Scissors)
Bible Verses: Mark 2:13-17
Memory Verse: (Romans 3:20 Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.)

The holiness of God is an overwhelming thing to behold. When we look at the holiness of God we are stricken by our guilt of sin because our sin is magnified by the perfection of His holiness. When Peter realizes he is in the presence of a holy being in Luke 5:8; he drops to his knees and says, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Peter’s sin becomes so unbearably convicting that he cannot stand to be in the holy presence of Jesus. This is a proper response to the holiness of God because it makes evident that we cannot rely on our self-righteousness but need the imputed righteousness of Christ. In Mark 2:13-17 we see Jesus calling Levi (Matthew). Levi (Matthew) was a Jewish tax collector for the Roman empire. There were two classes of tax collectors Gabbai and Mokhes. Gabbai’s collected general taxes on land and property, while Mokhes collected a wide variety of use taxes such as toll fees, business licenses, and imports. The greater Mokehes were large tax franchises that hired others to collect taxes for them, while smaller Mokehes did their own assessing and collecting. Levi (Matthew) was a smaller Mokehes and was reviled by his fellow countrymen because of the extortion he imposed on them to build his wealth. Levi’s (Matthew) immediate response to get up and follow Jesus shows his conviction of sin. In the following verses it shows Jesus and his disciples reclining with tax collectors and sinners at Levi’s (Matthew) home. When the scribes of the Pharisees see this, they question why Jesus would associate with such reprehensible people. Jesus responded , “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but the sinners” (Mark 2:17). This response condemns the self-righteous who feel they are “well” and do not see a need to repent and put their faith in Jesus as the savior from sin. While condemning the proud Jesus gives hope to the spiritually sick and impoverished. Jesus gives grace to those who are broken and removes the impossible weight of keeping the law. The Gospel to the broken is a message of a savior who is rich in mercy and will forgive sinners when they repent and put their faith in Him.

Family Focus:
Read Luke 18:9-14 with your kid(s). Replace Pharisee with your name and marvel at the haughtiness that can overcome us. Then look to the humility of the tax collector and point out the difference in each one of their actions.

Questions to considered:
1)    How does Jesus treat people who are overcome with guilt of their sin?
2)    What does this phrase mean and what does it reveal, “I am sorry I got caught.”

Freddy Keiaho
Field of Faith Devotion Week 07 - The Gospel to the Proud

Field Focus:
Teams (Subject to change) will be set this week for the remainder of the season (Practice Plan).

Faith Focus: The Gospel to the Proud
Family Game: Cup Game (Game Point = Grab onto God’s word as you learn from today’s devotional)
Bible Verses: Mark 10:17-31
Memory Verse: (Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Fools despise wisdom and instruction.)

The primary virtue of humility is submission to God’s will. It is this reverential awe and submissive fear that is foundational for all spiritual wisdom and knowledge (Proverbs 1:7). It is the knowledge of our own spiritual poverty that leads us to a relationship with God. Understanding that we are not good enough to earn entrance into heaven on our merits but based on the merits of Jesus (Hebrews 10:11-14). Sinful pride stifles humility. It feeds the lie that we our good enough to get into heaven based on our merits and makes the things of God seem foolish (1 Corinthians 2:14). God hates this pride because it leads to destruction (Proverbs 16:18). To combat this pride we can look to God’s standard of goodness. That standard of goodness being God’s law. God’s law is a reflection of his perfection and are ultimately set to show us a need for His saving grace. In Mark 10:17-22, we see how Jesus uses the Law to share the Gospel to this proud man.

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.

Jesus challenges this man’s view of who is good, and in doing this affirms that He (Jesus) is God – Because only God alone is good.

19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’”

Jesus gives him the standard of goodness – which Jesus came to fulfil (Matthew 5:17) and elevate to an impossible standard (Matthew 5:48).

20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.”

This is the pride that separates us from God. It blinds us by minimizing our violation of God’s Law and magnifies the self-righteous acts that we perform on a daily basis. This pride deceives us – allowing us to believe that we can present these self-righteous acts as a sign that we are virtuous and perfect.   

21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

The command Jesus gave to this man revealed that he has violated the first commandment. “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:3). The rich young man’s rejection of a direct command from God (Jesus) demonstrated his love for money being greater than his love for God. The man’s response is the purpose of the law – to convict the proud of sin; so that conviction leads to repentance and believing that only Jesus can save us from sin (John 14:6).

Family Focus:
Hard to say and hard to hear. Telling people who are too proud to repent that they face eternal damnation is difficult, but saying it is one of the most loving things you can do. Talk to your kid(s) about how humility leads to a relationship with God and how pride separates us from Him.

Questions to Consider:
1)    What is God’s standard for who is good?
2)    Why do people deserve to go to heaven?
3)    Is morality subjective or objective?

Freddy Keiaho