Whether it is a gold medal, a touchdown, a walk-off home run, a goal, or a three pointer at the buzzer, every athlete that competes is reaching for the top prize in their sport. However, in every contest, there are road blocks to achieving the desired result. There are opponents, a time clock, field or court conditions, coaching decisions and even referees that seem to keep the athlete from achieving success.
However, the greatest challenges to achieving success in sports actually come from within. The lack of self discipline, poor choices, or fear live large in the stockpile of reasons athletes do not succeed.
Happiness, fulfillment, the perfect job, family, friends, acceptance to the right school, or getting an “A” in a class are things we search for in life to satisfy the longings found inside each human soul. Just like in sports there are things in life that seem to be road blocks to our success. Personal relationships, health issues, bosses, geographical obstacles, and financial limitations are some of these issues.
The writer of Hebrews knew that the road to success in life is based on having the right goal. He illustrates life with the athletic metaphor of a race and encourages the reader to break free in the race of life by throwing off all that hinders and the sin that entangles. The writer also knows that when you break free from something, you need to know what you’re breaking free toward. So, he encourages his readers to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.”
Since the day in the Garden of Eden when man chose his own way, God has always been in the business of helping people break free from the “sin that so easily entangles;” and achieve a fulfilled life in Him.
The Breaking Free series is the story of the reconciliation of God to man; a story of breaking free from the things that hinder and the sin that so easily entangles us. When we break free from these things, it allows us to please God and gives us the best chance for a fulfilled and eternal life.
There have been many heroes in the Bible who have set examples for us to follow as the author of Hebrews outlines in the chapter just previous to our verses. The Bible is a book about real people, not just heroes who did everything right. Even the failings of the heroes in the Bible are exposed so that we might learn from them.
Learning takes place in two ways: positively and negatively. When the hero does it right, we need to learn from them and do it the same as them. When the hero fails, we learn from their failure by not doing it that way.
Our five lessons will describe things that hinder people from achieving success, both in sports and life. They will encourage the listener to break free to a higher, godly standard; which can be achieved with God’s help. By remembering what God’s Word says, we have the perfect role model in Jesus.
Each of the five lessons begin with the admonition, Break Free from ____ to_____:
1. Blame to Responsibility
2. Lies to Truth
3. Weak Relationships to Strong Relationships
4. Fear to Faith
5. Temporary to Eternal
These lessons are taught in sports camp through a host of learning methods. Kinesthetic learners will experience the concepts in their sport or activity by integrated drills and experiences. Music, chosen for these lessons, will emotionally and spiritually be connecting the truths to the hearts of the participants. Church volunteers will share a personal experience with the children on how they understand these concepts in their lives. Strong teaching of God’s Word will be augmented by scripture memorization.
Christian children hearing the lessons will be encouraged to grow in their faith by living out their Christianity in a way that their actions will be opposed to world views of behavior. The non-Christian child will be given a clear biblical world view of proper behavior and how to achieve a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As you prepare to teach these lessons to others, may you find yourself breaking free from the things that hinder in your own life and fixing your eyes on Jesus.