FCA Covers 8 Essentials Through ‘The CORE’—Strengthening Faith and Leading Every Coach and Athlete into a Growing Relationship with Jesus Christ
May 20, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Throughout its more than 65-year history, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) has desired to make disciples who make disciples. To help coaches, athletes, volunteers and staff through this journey, the international sports ministry has developed a brand-new resource called “The CORE.” This simple, relevant resource equips new believers as they journey through eight core essentials of the Christian faith.
“When we make a decision to follow Jesus, we begin the journey of a lifetime—a discipleship journey,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “This journey is a lifelong pursuit of becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ—a disciple—someone who is in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His church. Our exciting new resource, ‘The CORE,’ provides eight essentials on how to do just that. It is FCA’s prayer that ‘The CORE’ will help coaches and athletes everywhere engage with the Gospel, equip through God’s Word and be empowered to share their faith with others. When we strengthen our CORE, everything else benefits.”
FCA suggests three ways “The CORE” can be used in Gospel-sharing situations: in a one-on-one meeting where two people can go through the eight sessions together; in FCA Huddles, or small groups of coaches and athletes; and as a personal Bible study to grow in the walk with Christ.
- CORE 1—Join God’s Team: When you make a commitment to be on God’s team, you are signing up to walk with Him daily. You are training for this walk by reading His Word and understanding His plan. But where do you start? Here is the Gospel message explained in four simple truths: 1) God loves you. 2) Sin separates you. 3) Jesus rescues you. 4) Will you trust Jesus?
- CORE 2—Live with God’s Power: When you trust Jesus with your life, God makes you a new person. You don’t have to hold on to the old sin, guilt and the performance mentality of the past. You have a new identity in Christ.
- CORE 3—Train Spiritually: As the Holy Spirit leads you, He will begin to transform you into a new person with a new mindset, but change is a two-way street. In training, the coach sets the plan, but the athlete must execute it. If you want to see a change in your performance as an athlete, you have to put in the time and work. The same goes for spiritual training.
- CORE 4—Communicate with God: We make it a priority to talk to our family, friends, teammates and coaches. We must make time to talk with Jesus as well if we are to grow in our relationship with Him.
- CORE 5—Study God’s Playbook: Every coach has a training manual to help athletes develop excellence. God does the same thing for believers. The Bible is like a playbook, guide and training manual, all rolled into one.
- CORE 6—Team Up with Others: As competitors, we depend on the support of others to reach our goals. Imagine a quarterback trying to pass the ball without the protection of the offensive line or a pitcher trying to throw strikes without the direction of a catcher. It’s the same for Christians. God designed people to be together.
- CORE 7—Know Your Role: On any sports team, there are many different positions and roles. All athletes must use their talents and training to fulfill their unique role on the team. When everyone is giving 100%, the team succeeds. Your role is important and is vital to the success of your team. The same goes for your role on God’s team.
- CORE 8—Share with Others: Coaches and athletes are some of the most influential people in today’s culture. You have a unique opportunity to impact others with God’s Word and see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through coaches and athletes. When you trust Jesus and surrender your life to Him, you begin a discipleship journey. This is a lifelong pursuit and process of becoming a fully devoted follower of Christ. Going through “The CORE” is just the beginning of becoming a disciple. The next steps require you to invite others on the discipleship journey.
“The CORE” resources from FCA are available at thecore.fca.org and are explored at The CORE YouVersion reading plan. “The CORE” also relates to FCA’s overall theme for 2020—100%. For example, what does it mean to be a “100% coach” or a “100% athlete”? It’s accepting that Jesus Christ gave 100%—His very life—so we may receive a personal relationship with Him. It’s out of this truth that competitors can approach sports transformed and compete for an audience of One.
Additional FCA resources such as the “Coach’s Mandate” and “Competitor’s Creed” are also designed for “100% coaches and athletes.” They can also begin “The CORE,” either individually or in a group, to discover how they can be 100% for Christ.
The central Bible verse of the 100% theme is Mark 12:30: “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.”
Earlier this spring, FCA introduced FCA Virtual, an online and social media initiative to rally coaches, athletes and staff around the incredible stories of what God is doing through virtual FCA ministry. FCA Virtual is a space to gather ideas about how to engage teams and Huddles in online spiritual growth and to look for ways to serve and connect in this time of limited social interaction. FCA hopes coaches and athletes will be encouraged by what God is doing around the world through the virtual avenue. FCA Virtual will also help coaches, athletes and teams to keep up with evolving ministry and training events in the field, as they unify leaders around a common rallying cry during a time of increased isolation. Learn more at FCA.org/Virtual.
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