Those of you who know me and have been listening to my passions for the past many years (thanks by the way) know that what I have labeled Christian Golf Community is materializing before our eyes (praise Him)!!
I was blessed this AM to be questioned by my wife about just that.
What the heck is Christian Golf Community, Bill??
We know about golf, right? It is this amazing sport that captures each of us who have been called to have a passion for the game. We want to play as much as we can. We want to improve our game as much as we can. We enjoy playing with our buddies with similar passions and desires. This is noble, right? It's good to be outside, playing, hanging out and enjoying the game, the gang and the challenges from the sport.
Is that all there is?
Funny, I remember listening to Bernard Langer telling us about his feeling after he won his first Masters. After the glitter and celebration ended, just the next day, he asked himself; "Is that all there is?" Funny. If you'd like, you can hear it from Bernhard here.
What is really noble about life? What is the purpose of life? What are we supposed to be getting out of this life and what are we to be putting in?
This is Golf From the Heart, right, and you know where I'm going with this; The purpose of life is to glorify our Creator, our Lord, Jesus Christ. We are His workmanship and "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." John 2:20.
So a quick segue; this game of golf must be part of "liv(ing) by faith in the Son of God."
We're also called to grow in the knowledge of God, right? 2 Peter 1
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.
....and we're to do this in community with other Believers in Jesus Christ.
A Christian Golf Community.....
In Phoenix, Arizona we are building a Christian Golf Community.
We have our GPS Program at Sun City Country Club and headed back into the middle-schools in Maricopa County in the fall of this year. We have introduced 30,000+ kids to the game in the last four years. We are hiring 4 PGA Golf Pros to conduct that training in the schools and in our GPS Golf Academy at Sun City Country Club. Those PGA Golf Pros will be committed Believers in Jesus Christ. Their job description will designate that. Their job will be to teach golf to 20,000 kids this next year while representing the aroma of the knowledge of Jesus Christ at the school and on the golf range. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15) The academy will have Christian discipleship training going on weekly as kids learn the game and are guided into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
How will we keep the PGA Golf Pro growing in the knowledge of God, you ask. Thanks
We will be discipling them!!
We have established a fellowship opportunity inside of this website for the PGA Pros in the Section and the Southwest Section will be the place for community and fellowship as well as a Discipling process agreed to by the members of the Section. Our pros and those within the Southwest Section that join with us will be engaged in an Acts 2 community through this forum and will grow and encourage each other as they engage with their students through His inspiration and guidance. What a blessing.
There are several other facets of this Christian Golf Community in Phoenix.
More on this subject ......
Trying to follow the Lord's will regarding ministry and the platform of golf.