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.
You are considered a great hitter in baseball if you can get a hit 3 times for every 10 at bats. The last time someone hit over .400 in a season was 75 years ago when Ted Williams was able to accomplish that feat. That means the best baseball players who have ever lived failed to get a hit an overwhelming majority of the time. Let’s talk about how this can redefine what it means to live a good life.
Small Group Questions: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Week 2: Nobody Bats 1000
- In reading Matthew 11:2-6 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
- How could John the Baptist not known at this point who Jesus was? What do you make of Jesus reaction?
- Describe one time in your life when you failed. How do you handle failure in your life?
- Do you extend yourself forgiveness as easily as you forgive others? Why?
- What could forgiving someone else/yourself free you up to live? Who do you need to forgive?
Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
No one is perfect. No one bats a 1000. We’re all going to occasionally miss the mark; all of us will eventually fail at something. The answer is grace. Not cheap grace as in an easy and convenient way out, but a deep and profound grace that changes and moves us closer to what God intended us to be. There are two people in your life right now who have missed the mark. Both have failed you. Both have hurt you. Both people need to be forgiven. The first person to forgive is the one who hurt you. The second person who needs forgiveness is you.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)