playbook for life
Recreation is a vital ministry because it is both evangelistic in its appeal and nurturing in its essence.
The first responsibility of any ministry is evangelism. Evangelism begins when you get someone's attention and recreation will get almost everyone's attention because it appeals to their personal interests. When Jesus said to a band of fisherman that He sought, "I will make you fishers of men," He was appealing to their interests.
The second responsibility of a ministry is to nurture the children of God and to provide the stimuli for their growth in Christ. What better way is there for people to learn to apply these virtues than through sports and recreational activities?
In Galatians, Paul speaks of the fruits of the spirit as being: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, and temperance. Recreation can indeed be a vineyard in which such fruit can be cultivated, nurtured, and ultimately harvested! Recreation now can become a ministry used as a tool for the implementing of the gospel and the uplifting of Christ.
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