A concise series of talks to encourage Christian athletes to see sports as a true gift from God, created for his glory.

“Why is it that sports seem to bring out the best and the worst in us?” asks teacher C. J. Mahaney. “Sports are a gift from God. But as soon as you introduce the human heart, things get complicated.” For the Christian athlete, sports are one of the key battlegrounds in which pride and self-glory are regular temptations. If sports are indeed a gift from God, why are playing fields and courts so often arenas for our egos? How are we to enjoy sports in a godly way?

Self-described “pastor athlete” C. J. Mahaney looks to Scripture for principles that speak to the role of sports in our lives. This series of talks outline how Christian athletes are to play for the glory of God and model gratitude, humility, and service. With candor and humor, Mahaney recounts his own story with sports and through illustrations and practical applications exhorts athletes not to waste their sports. The study concludes with application questions for your huddle meeting.

C. J. MAHANEY is the president of Sovereign Grace Ministries. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Worldliness and Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God. Mahaney has been a life-long fan of University of Maryland basketball.

Playing Sports for the Glory of God

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Sports must be informed by the knowledge of God

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Sports must be done as worship to God

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Giving thanks to God for sports

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Displaying godly character in sports

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We play with humility

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We play to serve

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When we destroy idols in our sport

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