My church has kicked off another season of Upward Basketball. Upward Sports is the world’s largest Christian youth sports organization. Its stated mission is “to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports.”
It is an excellent organization and our church has had a relationship with Upward through both soccer and basketball for over 16 years. We have found it not only a wonderful way to teach kids about Jesus while they learn about sports in a healthy environment, but it is also a great outreach to the unchurched community in general. Many who come to our Upward games would never otherwise step into a church.
This gives our church an opportunity to teach and demonstrate Jesus not only to the youth but also to their parents, grandparents, and other friends and family members.
As part of the program, halftime devotionals are presented to the audience while the teams get a break and make adjustments for the next half. Below, I have jotted down the highlights of this weeks’ presentation in the hopes that it will reach a greater audience. Sometimes, I just don’t think parents understand the impact (good or bad) that they have on their children.
Upward Devotional Week 1:
– God expects his people to pass down his Word to future generations.
– God places the primary responsibility of teaching his word not with schools or even with the church; he places it with mom and dad. It all begins at home.
– At any given time, we are only one generation away from raising up a society of people who no longer know God, a society that aimlessly wanders about, foolishly creating and worshipping its own idols.
– This is why it is so important for parents to know God, to love God, and to pass God on to their children.
– If parents consistently teach their kids by word AND action how to know and love God, then those kids are much less likely to be influenced by those kids whose parents didn’t.
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6)(ESV).