Six Gold Rings Provide a Pattern for Would-Be Spiritual Champions
Most new Christians haven’t a template for spiritual growth. After becoming Christ’s followers too many exhibit little further spiritual development. (This is akin to joining a health club but never learning how to use the equipment.) As a result, few potential champions ever develop into actual Champions for Christ. So at BAG we have a six-ring, Biblical circular path leading to spiritual growth. It is by no means the only way to become a Champion for Christ, but is one good and proven way. Here’s how it works…
Little is accomplished in life without resolve. No athlete has ever accidentally stumbled into the Hall of Fame. This is true of the spiritual heroes of the Christian faith mentioned in Hebrews 11. They teach us that the Christ follower who wants to accomplish great things for God must first make an irrevocable, passionate commitment. So the first ring is about the “basics” such as salvation, water baptism, and affiliation with a local church. It is the start of a “championship season” for God!
In ancient Rome the athletic events were entered for the honor of a particular god. Contestants made a three-fold worshipful vow ahead of time: To train, to finish what they started, and to obey the rules (2 Timothy 4:7). Only then could they hope for the winner’s laurels (4:8). At BAG we worship only one Lord, Jesus Christ, and we do so not only on Sundays, but 24/7. Whether we are in prayer or eating a meal, whether in church or at work, we strive to attribute worth to our Lord and savior. This is the second circle of the discipleship process.
No athlete is satisfied with remaining on the same level year after year. Growth is the aim of any true champion. The same is true in the spiritual arena. We are called to identify our spiritual gifts, and then use them for God’s greater glory. We have been destined to be on “Christ’s team”, and to accomplish remarkable things for Him by way of our unique talents, given to us by God (Ephesians 2:9, 10). We are also to exhibit growth in our character (Galatians 5:22, 23), in our understanding (2 Peter 1:5-8), and in relationships.
No winning athlete becomes a victor without help. Champions are part of a larger team. This is especially true in the spiritual realm. Jesus never sent His disciples out alone. They were commissioned in teams of two or more. At BAG the fourth circle is when “me” becomes “we”; when the individual becomes part of a small group, either a team that has been deliberately organized for that purpose, or by way of an informal gathering of fellow “developing champions”.
Most pro teams are identified with a city or an area (Boston Red Sox/New England Patriots). At BAG we feel called to help the Greater Brockton community. Among our local ministries is a feeding program and a food pantry. Our church is also home to Brockton Teen Challenge. Additional ministries are being started so that “developing champions” can exercise and grow by way of service to others (not serve-us to self).
Many people are unaware of the great destiny God has planned for them. As a result, they live largely unfulfilled lives, far from God’s best and highest. At BAG we maintain that those who are ever-developing Champions for Christ should be intentional about inviting as many as possible to “join the team”. Therefore, we have a world-wide missions program that preaches the Gospel, feeds the hungry, helps the needy, and compassionately touches our nation and other countries, too. Over twenty percent of BAG’s budget is given away for this purpose each year.
And On and On…
If our six-ring logo were a clock, Ring One would be twelve o’clock, Ring Two would be two o’clock, and so on – all the way around to twelve o’clock again. But it doesn’t stop there. We are intentional about developing new Champions for Christ! So, we invite you to consider being on the BAG team. Please note: We are all “developing” champions – winners for God in the making. No one has yet arrived. But, like the Apostle Paul, “we press on” both undaunted and hopeful (Philippians 3:4). If this vision for spiritual development appeals to you, let us know and we’ll get your locker ready!