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Director's Message: Gospel fruit in the world of sport

Date posted: 13/06/18

 Director's Message: Gospel fruit in the world of sport

 

“The gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world – just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.” Colossians 1 v 6 (NIV)

Paul wrote these words to the Colossians almost 2,000 years ago. They were as true back then as they are today - the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world. Paul saw amazing gospel growth as he preached the message of Jesus across much of the Roman Empire. But living now, we can see how much further the good news has spread and rejoice in that fact. If you are a follower of Jesus in the UK today, you are living proof of this.

In this magazine, we have some have great examples of how the gospel is bearing fruit in the world of sport beyond these shores. Jules Wilkinson and I had the privilege of being part of the chaplaincy team at 2018 Commonwealth Games where we saw how God’s word is taking root among top-level athletes from across the globe. Being part of a global sporting event like that gives a great focus to our work of supporting elite sportspeople all year round.

 


Back Pages magazine summer 2018

This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Back Pages. To read the rest of the magazine, click here.


I hope you will also be encouraged by how God is at work in Moldova. You can read how members of the Admirals Basketball Academy are hearing the gospel as they train and compete together. Two of the men behind this vision, Eugene Postolache and Eugene Pogorelov, themselves came to faith in Jesus through a sports mission initiative and were further equipped to reach local sportspeople after attending a Sports Plus camp.

Also happening this summer, there are few, if any, bigger global sporting events than the World Cup. Let’s be praying for more doors to be opened to the gospel in international football. But let’s also remember what an opportunity the World Cup presents to share the good news with our sports friends locally. The gospel is still bearing fruit and we can be part of that great mission today!


 

Graham DanielsGraham Daniels, Cambridge United Football Club
Graham is Director of Football at Cambridge United FC and is General Director of Christians in Sport. He is an associate staff member of St Andrew the Great (StAG) Church, Cambridge