Hey Team! I am so excited to start this new study with you, where we’ll talk all about God’s Greater Plan! But first, let’s start by praying.
“Father God, thank You for the time we get to learn more about your plan for our lives. We know that when we decrease, you show up in a mighty way and strengthen us to be totally dependent on you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Okay! Since this is our first week together, I want us to get to know each other better! First, find a partner, and each of you will answer the first question. Then find new partners for the second and third questions. Ready, set, find a partner!
- What is your favorite part of being on this team?
- What’s your best sports highlight so far?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
As competitors, we always dream of something Greater. We train tirelessly to reach our potential, seeking approval from teammates, coaches and fans. The promise of a trophy or praise pushes us to succeed. Our identity becomes about our performance–how well we play, not who we are. The pressure to succeed fuels our purpose to compete every day.
But what happens when our season ends, or we don’t perform well? What does that say about our potential or our purpose? The world will say we’re not good enough—that we’ve failed. But Jesus Christ says differently.
In Christ, we have a Greater potential than what is on a scoreboard. Through His sacrifice on the cross, we have the promise of a new life. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we give up the old expectations to gain a new identity in Christ. The pressure to perform evaporates, and our performance is transformed. We no longer compete for something Greater, but for Someone Greater. We play with a new purpose: He must become Greater, and we must become less.
- There is greater potential in my life than finding my identity in sports.
- Christ’s Promise of Salvation gives me a new identity.
- God loves you and sent Jesus to save you.
- We are called to love God and love others.
There’s a better way to reach your fullest potential. And it’s the ONLY path that will truly get you there.
“Lord, thank you for this time we get to learn more about our potential in you. Help us to recognize that when we set our focus on your, everything in our lives change. We are no longer bound by our sport but transformed by our identity in You. Amen.”