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To help sports-minded people think and live biblically at the intersection of sport and Christianity

On Character

“The preparation is what allows success to (seem to) happen naturally, and even though you can’t dictate the results, you can play a big part in the way certain things unfold. That’s why I feel like I have a good chance to win every time I take the mound, and tonight was no different.”
Cubs pitcher, Jake Arrieta, after throwing his second no hitter in last 11 starts
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20 Day Challenge

The activities in this “20 Day Challenge” will help you live out the Great Commission Jesus gave us in Matthew 28:18-20. Over the span of one month, engage with five specific challenges per week.

Avoid trying to do it alone. Depending on your context, each day’s challenge presents an opportunity to lock arms with a teammate or co-worker and to trust God together. Encourage one another as you step out in faith each day.

Watch God work in your life and the lives of those around you as you take the challenge this month!


Action Challenge

Find someone to disciple you this semester.

Call them. Lock it in. Tell them what you are committed to over the next 3 weeks. This could be a teammate you respect, an AIA staff, or maybe someone from your local church. If none of these apply, call our SportLinc department at 937-352-1000 and we will connect you with someone to help you. This is an essential part of the challenge!

Memory Challenge

Memorize Acts 1:8

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

Prayer Walk

Prayer walk specifically around your campus. This could take anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours.

What is a prayer walk?

Check out this article from collegiatecollective.com to learn more

Prayer Challenge

Write 4 names on sheet of paper:

  • Someone on your team or athletic department who you know is a Christian.
  • Someone who you would not be surprised if they became a Christian.
  • Someone who you would be shocked if they became a Christian
  • Someone who you are not sure about where they are at spiritually.

Pray for each of them now.

Commit to praying for all of them the next 15 days. Set a reminder on your phone, alarm, calendar, or watch and when it goes off, take a minute to pray for them.

Memory Challenge

Memorize the definition of successful witnessing:

"Successful witnessing is simply taking the initiative to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God."

Action Challenge

Initiate at least one spiritual conversation.

Often the hardest part of starting the conversation is initiating. If you need some good questions to ask to get the ball rolling, check out the 99 Wondering Questions on Cru.org.

The end goal is simply to engage someone in spiritual conversation and see where the Lord takes it.

Prayer Walk

Prayer walk around one of the athletic facilities on your campus. Pray for athletes specifically by name. Pray that God would raise up a Christ follower on every team on your campus!

Action Challenge

Walk through the essence of the gospel using the Knowing God Personally booklet with a non-Christian.

You may need some help on this one. Ask the person who is discipling you to give you some assistance. If you don't have an individual in mind to share the gospel with, ask your discipler if they can find someone for you. Sometimes just sitting at your student union and finding a stranger to volunteer their time is the easiest thing to do. Maybe even engaging one of the four names you wrote down on Day 5 of the challenge.

Reading Challenge

Practice Challenge

Prepare How to Present Your Story from Passing the Baton. Practice giving your testimony three times.

Testimony Challenge

Share your testimony with two others.

Again, ask your discipler for help here. He/She will help put you in front of people to get this done. One potential option is to ask a local youth group leader if you can share in front of the kids. Another great choice would be to ask roommates to listen to your story and give you feedback.

Learning Challenge

Understand the Spirit-filled life using the Satisfied? booklet.

Memory Challenge

Memorize Ephesians 2:8,9

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." (ESV)

Action Challenge

Teach the essence of the Spirit-filled life to your discipler using the Satisfied? booklet.

Action Challenge

Explain the "spiritual breathing" concept to one person from the booklet Have you Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-filled Life? by Bill Bright.

If you do not know who to do this with, ask your discipler for help finding someone. Your best option may be to do this with someone you know is a Christian and could benefit from hearing about this concept.

Learning Challenge

Read the article: Challenging to Discipleship.

Learning Challenge

Familiarize yourself with the Life Concepts follow-ups.

Action Challenge

Find someone to disciple consistently for the rest of the semester.

Call them.

Lock it in.