What does dribbling a basketball, timing your breaths during a swim, and protecting a football have in common? They are all fundamentals: the most basic practices of any sport that, if mastered, pave the path to elite performance.
Some of the most successful coaches of all time, including Vince Lombardi and John Wooden, were said to have been obsessed with getting the fundamentals right. They knew that the more skilled their teams were at the fundamentals, the more equipped they were to perform at an elite level -- and their winning records prove them right.
Similarly, there are a few fundamentals in the Christian life that can take you from spectator to participant for the kingdom of God.
Athletes in Action has identified four basic fundamentals that we believe can take your impact for Christ to the next level as you commit to learning and practicing them. These four areas include: Walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. Articulating your Christian faith and sharing the gospel. Conveying your personal changed-life story. Passing on what you know to equip others through discipleship.
Although there is no such thing as an “elite Christian,” we desire to help equip you for the lifelong journey of following Christ.
The Equipped Disciples curriculum combines the best of our resources with action challenges to help you master the basic disciplines of the Christian life. Here at Athletes in Action, we use these resources in many different settings and with many different people all around the world. And you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from these resources.
Self-guide yourself through the curriculum or grab your best friend, a group of teammates or coaches, or your small group from church to do it together. We pray that these resources help equip you to be an effective Christ-follower right where you are.
Each section of the curriculum has two steps named “Learn It” and “Live It.” Under the first step, you’ll see a list of primary and supplemental resources. It is necessary to use at least one of the primary resources from each section to be an Equipped Disciple.
We encourage you to read some of the supplemental resources to add value to your learning experience, but once you’ve learned to use one of the primary resources, you can move toward “Live It.” In the second step, you will be challenged to take action and live out what you’ve learned before moving to the next section.
Key Bible passages can be found at the bottom of each section’s page. These verses are included as additional references your personal study and spiritual development around these topics.
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01: Sharing the Gospel