Imagine an athletic program that reflects the Acts 2 church…one that’s devoted to teaching, fellowship the breaking of bread, and prayer. Imagine an athletic program where the community truly loves one another, meeting the needs of its people. I do believe our program has scheduled events to promote those moments…our annual coach’s banquet and professional development event; our time as a community that same evening with all families; our Athletic Booster’s banquet at the first football game; Homecoming; our end of season team parties, prayer before and after games, etc. There are many planned activities throughout the year to help foster a reflection of the early church in our athletic program; however there’s one element that we cannot plan at Metrolina…”love one another”.
I believe if we as a community truly choose to love one another, we will see the blessings of Heaven fall abundantly upon this ministry. First Corinthians 13:4-8 states, “Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails…” Reflecting on this passage appears to be out of line with the worldview that is promoted in the culture of American athletics today…but we’re called to be different.
I believe if we faithfully act upon the command of God and the daily whisper of the Holy Spirit to love one another, we will fulfill the will of God commanding us to “love one another”. Also,…
I believe - that the Holy Spirit is going to do amazing things this year.
I believe – lives will be shaped, changed and renewed by His work.
I believe – athletes will be challenged to grow in their faith.
I believe – Christ suffered for us so that we too could know Him more. If I suffer for being a Christian athlete, “to God be the glory”.
I believe – God will be happy with our athletic program if and only if we honor and glorify Him.
If you want to see our students speak this and more of what they believe, watch the video from August 14th at our community event. We look forward to a memorable year expecting to reflect the early church.
If you would like more insight into our philosophy and what we believe, please see the articles I’ve written at our Toward the Mark link at http://www.metrolinachristian.org/athletics/thisyear.cfm
I love you and love serving you in athletics!