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Week 4: Greater Truth

Coach's Corner


“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” — John 8:32


Let’s go around the Huddle and tell three things about yourself. The catch? One of those things has to be untrue. The rest of us will try to separate the two truths from the one lie.

  • How difficult was it to tell the difference between the truths and the lie?
  • In life, do you find it easy or difficult to know what is true and what is untrue?

As a competitor, the pressure to perform often comes from lies and not truth. Lies about your self-worth, and the role your sport has in your life dominates your thoughts and actions. But there’s a greater Truth that can bring you freedom!


There’s been a lot of talk these days about how athletes and coaches shouldn’t be defined by their sport. It’s a positive conversation that has helped free up many competitors from the pressure to perform.

But for those who are still stuck in the performance trap, there’s a nagging feeling that the

wins and losses, the awards and achievements are tied directly to how you feel about yourself.

The good news is that God does not care about your performance. He only cares about your heart.

  • What are some lies that you have been told as an athlete?
  • What helped you understand the truth about who you are as an athlete?

As Jesus emerged to begin His ministry, the religious leaders didn’t understand the Truth. They didn’t believe that God’s Son was standing right in front of them. They saw Him as a simple carpenter’s son who had little to offer with His teachings.

But Jesus was more than a carpenter’s son. He had been sent to Earth to do away with the old way of religion. Jesus was there to reconnect people with God through a personal relationship. When they didn’t believe Him, Jesus spoke to them again:

“I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

Sadly, Satan has created the illusion that there are many ways to God, but none of them are based on the Truth of God’s Word. He has done so to confuse people into believing lies and to steer them away from Jesus. It’s like walking in darkness instead of the light.

But when we know the Truth and that Truth gives us freedom from the lies of performance, self-worth and identity, we can feel protected from the lies of the world.

  • What are some instances where you’ve struggled with self-worth and identity based on your competitive performance?
  • How do you think embracing the truth of who you are in Christ can change things?

When you know the Truth, you will experience freedom from that pressure and see the purpose behind the gifts and talents that God has given you.


Here are three key points to help you remember this powerful concept:

  • Seek Truth. You can find truth in God’s Word—the ultimate source for every question you might have about your identity. — 2 Timothy 3:16
  • Believe in Truth. Don’t just read it; believe it! Have faith that God’s Word is true. — Romans 10:17
  • Live Truth. Allow the Holy Spirit to make God’s Word active and real in your competition and every other area of your life. — James 1:22

Huddle up and shout out, Seek Truth! Believe in Truth! Live Truth! Close in prayer.