Field of Faith Devotion Week 06 - The Gospel

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Field Focus:
The ongoing development of fundamentals and the grasp of more advance basketball concepts is encouraging to see. We will continue to focus on spatial awareness and more advanced basketball concepts while building on the strong fundamentals that we have in place. (Practice Plan)

Faith Focus: The Gospel
Family Game: Blob Tag
Bible Verses: Galatians 1:1-10, Matthew 7:15-29
Memory Verse: (Romans 10:9 & 10 - 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.)

The gospel is the good news. The good news that Jesus paid the price for sin, and there is no condemnation for those in Christ. Christ fulfilled the perfection that the law required (Romans 8:1-4). Perfection being the standard that God uses to declare who is good. (Matthew 5:48) The good news is that the weight of this perfection was lifted by Jesus, and we (who repent and believe that Christ is the savior of sins) rest on his perfect work. (Matthew 11:28-30) Through the first half of the season we have been defining terms and talking about what they mean. This is foundational in having a working knowledge of why the gospel is good news. As a Christian we have received immeasurable grace and have a peace that is not contingent on circumstance (Philippians 4:7), but rests in the Hope we have in Christ. All these gifts that God bestows on his children merit a response from us. The response to take this good news and do the following:

Proclaim it: Matthew 4:23
Defend it: Jude 3
Demonstrate it: Philippians 1:27
Share it: Philippians 1:5
Suffer for it: 2 Timothy 1:8
Don’t hinder it: 1 Corinthians 9:12
Don’t be ashamed of it: Romans 1:16
Preach it: 1 Corinthians 9:16
Be empowered by it: 1 Thessalonians 1:5
Guard it: Galatians 1:6-8

WE NEVER EVER  graduate from the gospel. It is the rock (Matthew 7:24-27) we build our life on and the filter we channel everything through. We must preach the gospel into our minds daily, taking comfort that our salvation rests in Christ and nothing can separate us from God’s perfect love, “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Family Focus:
The gospel is not separate from our testimony – it is foundation of our life in Christ. Talk to your athletes/kid(s) this week about your personal testimony. Talk to your kids about why you felt the need or had the desire to repent and put your faith in Jesus as your savior from your sins.

Questions to Consider:
1)    Why do you want others to repent and put their faith in Christ?
2)    Why do people reject repenting and believing that Jesus is the Savior from sin?
3)    What is God’s measure of how good a person is?

Freddy Keiaho