The Cross and the Christian’s Sports by David Platt

STUDY GUIDE: 1 Corinthians 10:31
Summarizing 1 Corinthians 8-10…
A clear command: Flee idolatry

It is inconsistent with the gospel.
It is an offense against God.
An all-encompassing exhortation:
Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.
We glorify God when we live for the good of others
Those in the church
Those without Christ
We glorify God when we realize this is good for ourselves

Sports and 1 Corinthians 10:31…
Biblical Foundations…
Sports are a good gift from a gracious God given to us for the glory of God.
Sin includes taking that which is good and turning it into a god
Good gifts make lousy gods.
Idols always disappoint
Idols ultimately destroy

Personal Examination…
Examine your heart
Examine your mind
Examine your emotions
Examine your conversations
Examine your use of money
Examine your use of time
Examine your perspective

Practical Application…
Use sports to draw attention to God’s greatness.
Maximize sports for their intended purpose
(as a way to worship God).
Keep sports in their proper place
(far behind your family and your church…and a host of other things).
Use sports to express appreciation for God’s grace.
Intentionally and continually offer thanks to God.

Let the enjoyment of sports lead to ever-increasing affection for God.
Use sports to grow in sanctification
Cultivate humility
Demonstrate honor
Develop self-discipline
Maintain self-control
Model self-sacrifice
Value growth in godliness over athletic achievement.
Prioritize what really matters in eternity
over what seems to matter on earth.
Use sports to lead others to salvation

Final Invitation…
Repent of idolatry (including any and every hint of it).
Rest in Christ (who has paid the price for all your sin).
Rejoice in God…
He is the only One who is worthy of your worship.
He is the only One who can satisfy your soul.

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