Between The Lines: The Theology of Baseball – Introduction

What does the game of Baseball have to do with the way we live out our faith? Three strikes, a sacrifice fly, advancing the runners, and crossing home plate. Is there really a theology of Baseball and can it teach us something about the way we ought to live? You’d be surprised.

The home run gets a lot of attention, but some of the most important plays in baseball happen with little fanfare. Small ball, which includes plays like the sacrifice bunt, sacrifice fly, stolen base, hit and run, and the productive out makes baseball a lot of fun to watch for those who appreciate the finer points of the game. This week we look at playing a little small ball.

Small Group Questions: Sunday, June 12, 2016

Week 2: Small Ball

  1. In reading 1 Timothy 4:7-10 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
  2. Why do you think people don’t people appreciate small ball or the simpler things in life?
  3. What do you think the goal of the Christian life is?
  4. Who in your life do you think most closely represents Jesus? How did they become the way they are?
  5. What small steps can you take in your life to advance in the direction you want to go? What role does the Holy Spirit play in that advancement?

Taking the Next Step of Discipleship

Two of the most important plays in baseball are the sacrifice fly and the sacrifice bunt. When a hitter commits to a sacrifice, they know they will probably get out on the play. But they also know their out will help their teammate advance one base closer to home plate or even score a run. A homerun is a lot more exciting, but a sacrifice is just as important. Take the next step of discipleship this week and do something small for someone else. Say a prayer. Volunteer at our food pantry. Pay for someone’s coffee. These actions will not only help advance others, they will help you live into the image of Jesus Christ as you “play” with the Holy Spirit, who is already at work in you.

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