Golf From the Heart Projects;
We've been reviewing the various projects Golf From the Heart is engaged in.
So far we have identified the Golf From the Heart community website, Golf Program in Schools, Let's Golf Uganda and Golfing to Greatness. So, now, we're going to expand on our desire for unity in ministries that are using golf as a platform.
The Lord has given us as Believers in Jesus Christ a mandate; Unity
This is a document developed a couple of years ago;
Thank You, Father ... let us seek UNITY among the Brothers & Sisters in golf.
This is an attempt to connect Christian golf groups, golfers and associations. We can help each others' collective ministries & communication efforts if we have the leaders of ministries and/or those in that ministry that are savvy to modern communications through social media; calling, texting, Facebook messaging, Twitter, Instagram, etc. as admins on whatever media group we agree to utilize.
We can TEACH them how to use these forums.
"This is His legacy in us."
The Lord has given us as Believers in Jesus Christ a mandate; Unity.
The scriptures identified within this document validate the mandate.
We believe the Lord wants us to be unified as those with a passion for golf and a love of Jesus Christ;
4:1 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” Ephesians 4:1-5
John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone (the Apostles). I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—23 I in them and you in me--so that they may be brought to complete unity.
Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
What is the problem?
-There is a lack of unity among ministers/organizations using the platform of golf for evangelism, discipleship & events associated with the ministry.
-There is a lack of communication among ministers/organizations using the platform of golf for evangelism, discipleship & events associated with the ministry.
-There is a lack of coordination among ministers/organizations using the platform of golf for evangelism, discipleship & events associated with the ministry
There should be a coordination format & communication network as well as regular get-togethers (conference events online and/or in person) to maintain close relationships & communication as well as encourage unity within the Christian golf community.
”So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, ***to equip his people for works of service***,
***so that the body of Christ may be built up***
until we all ***reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature***, ***attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.*** Instead, ***speaking the truth in love,*** ***we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ***. ***From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows*** and ***builds itself up in love***, ***as each part does its work***. - Ephesians 4:1-8,11-13,15-16
Let's build a database of those called to use the game of golf for Evangelical & Discipleship purposes
And over all these virtues ***put on love***, which ***binds them all together in perfect unity***. - Colossians 3:14
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you ***teach and admonish one another*** with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. - Colossians 3:15-17 http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians3:15-17&version=NIV
What is the benefit of Unity in ministries using golf as a platform?
All would be informed of Christ-follower golf oriented outreach events, happenings & news in order to unify in thought & action as necessary for God's will to be accomplished.
Each ministry/minister could use this information to be better stewards as we conduct our mission; “to go”. There may be collective opportunities where ministries may partner & share resources or contacts.
Let's build a database of those called to use the game of golf for Evangelical & Discipleship purposes as well as communicate on efforts.
Once we agree, we could coordinate the database contacts for each ministry. We don’t have to share the databases as those databases are proprietary, but, the content could be shared with each ministry and disseminated through the ministries’ databases.
Next "Unity" part 2
Trying to follow the Lord's will regarding ministry and the platform of golf.