Fellowship of Christian Athletes Introduces ‘The Four’—Simple Truths of the Gospel
‘The Four’ Will Equip Coaches and Athletes Worldwide to Share Their Faith
November 12, 2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—For 65 years, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org) has been laser-focused on the vision to see the world transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
Now, to celebrate this milestone anniversary, FCA is introducing a new concept called “The Four,” which will equip Christian coaches and athletes to share their faith with others.
“‘The Four’ is a new initiative at FCA that gives our staff and volunteers a simple, relevant, repeatable way to clearly communicate the Gospel and four biblical truths within our disciple-making efforts,” said FCA President and CEO Shane Williamson. “Using simple truths, FCA hopes to engage coaches and athletes, as well as equip and empower staff and others to more easily share their faith.”
To share “The Four” with others, FCA teammates have access to supportive resources, including a mobile-friendly website and a digital “Faith Response Tool” that collects faith decisions and provides follow-up for coaches and athletes who are saying “yes” to Jesus. Throughout the remainder of the year, into 2020 and beyond, “The Four” will be utilized at FCA events, Camps, Huddles and one-on-one discipleship meetings.
“This method of sharing the Gospel is starting conversations about Christ around the world,” Williamson added.
These four Gospel truths include the following:
- God Loves You: God made you and loves you! His love is boundless and unconditional. God is real, and He wants you to personally experience His love and discover His purpose for your life through a relationship with Him. Genesis 1:27, John 3:16
- Sin Separates You: You cannot experience God’s love when you ignore Him. People search everywhere for meaning and fulfillment—but not with God. They don’t trust God and ignore His ways. The Bible calls this sin. Everyone has sinned. Sin damages your relationships with other people and with God. It keeps us from experiencing the fulfilling life that God intends for us. The result: you are eternally separated from God and the life He planned for you. Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Isaiah 59:2
- Jesus Rescues You: Sin does not stop God from loving you. Because of God’s great love, He became a human being in Jesus Christ and gave His life for you. At the cross, Jesus took your place and paid the penalty of death that you deserve for your sins. Jesus died, but He rose to life again. Jesus offers you peace with God and a personal relationship with Him. Through faith in Jesus, you can experience God’s love daily, discover your purpose, and have eternal life after death. 1 Peter 3:18, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8, Romans 5:8
- Will You Trust Jesus? God has already done everything to show you how much He loves you. He offers you fulfillment and eternal life through a relationship with Jesus Christ. This involves agreeing that you are sinful, accepting God’s forgiveness, and turning away from your sins and toward God. You choose to trust Jesus when you believe and confess that Jesus is Lord and surrender your life to Him. Are you ready to place your trust in Jesus? Romans 10:9-10, John 1:12, Rev. 3:20, Ephesians 2:8-9
To help promote “The Four” to coaches and athletes worldwide, FCA partnered with NFL star Benjamin Watson, who recorded a video to explore the salvation concepts:
“For many of you, you feel like there’s something else going on in your heart,” the Super Bowl champion says in the video. “It’s a tug, a pull, maybe even a rumbling. I believe this feeling is God drawing you close to Him, inviting you into relationship with Him, a relationship of following Him and of experiencing forgiveness that only He can offer. God made you, and He loves you. He’s real, and He wants you to personally experience his love and discover the purpose of your life through relationship with Him. The problem is that we can’t experience God’s love when we ignore it. People search everywhere else for meaning of fulfillment, but they don’t trust God and they ignore his ways. The Bible calls this sin, and make no mistake, everyone has sin and is born into sin. Sin damages your relationships with other people and with God. As hard as this may be to here, I need to tell you the truth.
“The result of ignoring God, the result of sin, is that you are eternally separated from God and the life he planned for you, but here’s the great news,” Watson says. “Your sin does not stop God from loving you, and because of God’s great love, He became a human being in Jesus Christ and He gave his life for you. At the cross, Jesus took your place and mine, and He paid the penalty of death that we deserve for our sin. Jesus died, but He rose to life again, and Christ alone offers you peace with God and a personal relationship with Him.”
Sixty-five years ago, on Nov. 10, 1954, FCA was chartered in Oklahoma after God gave basketball coach Don McClanen a vision: coaches and athletes impacting lives for Christ. This stirring led to a movement and the founding of FCA. Today, FCA is still fulfilling the vision and following the Great Commission as it uses the vehicle of sports to make Christ’s name known. After much growth over 65 years, FCA has reached millions of people with the Gospel through the priority of putting the Word of God into each competitor’s hands.
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