Redeeming Sports

Why winning really isn’t everything.

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Overview

The ancient Romans, long considered the gold standard for how sports-crazed a culture could be, were dilettantes compared to the sports fans of this century, says Shirl James Hoffman in the article “Whatever Happened to Play?” But do we give this massive part of modern life the philosophical and theological attention it deserves?

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 40:26–31; Romans 12:1–8; 1 Corinthians 9:19–27; Hebrews 12:1–2

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Every legitimate area of human life, including sports, can be redeemed for God’s glory.
Teaching point two: Every legitimate area of human life, including sports, can be a platform for ministry if we are willing to work at it.
Teaching point three: The Christian life is a race that demands our perseverance as we follow Jesus.
Teaching point four: Sports can give us a vision of life with God, in this world and the next.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Recommended Resources

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "Whatever Happened to Play” and “Are Sports the Problem?"

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