In their book The 10 Best Decisions Every Parent Can Make, Bill and Pam Farrel write the following:
"One of the best ways to train children to share their faith is to entertain evangelistically. Children have many opportunities to party with a purpose: Christmas, Easter, before or after children’s dramas, during a sports season, or in conjunction with a church event (p. 197)."
The authors go on to write out a few of the sports-related testimonies their sons have given at football events.
These testimonies vary from a one-minute tale of a well-known Christian athlete and what the testimony-giver has in common with that athlete to a challenge to the team based on a Scripture verse.
Have your sports-enthused child look up the story of Albert Pujols, David Robinson, Tim Tebow, or John Smoltz. They can use the figure to talk about Jesus to others.
Some Scriptures relating to athletics that your child might use in his or her testimony are:
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV)
1 Corinthians 9:25-27
“All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.” (NLT)
1 Timothy 4:8
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (NLT)
There are several other great verses as well. Search for the terms training, athlete, run, and body in your concordance or an online Bible search like BibleGateway.com.
Playing team sports is one of the best metaphors for the Christian life. Teach your child how to use the metaphor and create a simple and effective testimony for witnessing to his friends and teammates.
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