Vision For The Future

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Vision relates to passion and the personal skills set necessary to accomplish a given mission. What is God’s vision for your life personally? Or have you ever really thought much about understanding God’s vision for your life? The scripture states, “Without a vision my people perish”.

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Welcome to Christian Sportsmen’s Fellowship’s
Online F.I.R.E. Publication! *

F – Friends through Fellowship
I  – Interest around Common Goals
R – Relationships that are built to last
E – Evangelize as God Opens the Door

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Since 1994, CSF has launched over 300 chapters in the U.S. and abroad each consisting of a minimum of twelve sportsmen who have a passion for the great outdoors along with a deep love for Jesus Christ. Some groups have functioned very well while others have struggled in hosting outreach events and presenting the gospel. The ones that have operated most successfully are those that maintain a clear vision for outdoors ministry then purpose to equip new leaders each year as part of their annual leadership training seminar called a “Sportsmen’s Advance”.

Why not call the weekend leadership training a “Sportsmen’s Retreat”.

Well, first of all the old adage can be applied in this case, “if you give a dog a good name then he will most likely live up to that good name”. You see, as Christians we have enlisted in God’s army and therefore must assume a pro-active role in taking the gospel to the outdoors community.  Of necessity, we must advance rather than retreat.

In order to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of us, we must take the offensive according to Philippians 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I d: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

The term “press on” can be correlated to a hunter stalking a wild animal while in the woods. He is proactively pursuing every game trail, tree rub or any other sign from his quarry as he searches diligently to hunt down his prey.

An annual training seminar serves to provide an innovative forum for encouraging and empowering sportsmen to become leaders within any one of the following primary areas of outreach within the church… Evangelism – Discipleship – and Missions. A local church’s success in implementing these basic outreach functions will determine God’s perfect timing for launching an outreach to sportsmen within a church community.

Leadership

Any one of three of the following designations that appeal to Christian sportsmen can be achieved by those aspiring to serve in a leadership role:

1. Christian Sportsman Designation – Probably the most important weapon a Christian sportsman can have in his arsenal of spiritual warfare is a well prepared and rehearsed personal testimony of how his life has been changed by the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A 3-5 minute sportsmen’s biblical testimony or “Bullet Testimony” as it is referred to by some, is a very powerful and effective tool.

In Revelation 12:11 we are encouraged with the scripture that states that we are made “overcomers through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”

Not everyone is gifted to preach or even teach a Sunday school class. And most sportsmen are certainly not qualified to sing a solo in the church service. But all Christians should be ready “in season and out of season” to give an account of the great hope that Christ has placed within them.

When a sportsman begins to share his own word of personal testimony with another sportsman then he begins to wax strong in the Christian faith as he has begun to participate in the high calling of the Great Commission. He allows the Spirit of God to disciple him as he takes steps of faith to proclaim the gospel through his own word of personal testimony.

2. Seasoned Sportsman Designation – The Seasoned Sportsman has traveled around the perimeter of the hunting camp a few times. He has already taken many bold steps of faith in his pursuit to serve Jesus Christ, some more calculated than others. However, unless a man is “prayed up” before launching out by faith in response to God’s call to accomplish a given mission, he will probably not reach the goal to win the prize of the high calling found in Jesus Christ.

You see, God has a prescribed manner for accomplishing His plan and purposes. When we miss the mark of the high calling of Christ Jesus even just a little bit, the consequences can be severe. Such times of humiliation should be viewed as a part of the learning curve, or the discipleship process. As we draw closer to God for times of intimate communion with Him we will eventually begin to walk with Him in the coolness of the day just as Adam did prior to the fall. Our seeming failures can be used by God to build character within our lives.

As the Christian sportsman begins to mature in the faith he will discover that the Holy Spirit will lead him into all truth and insight if he will only attentively listen to His “still small” voice to guide the way. Probably the greatest mark of a Seasoned Sportsman is his unwavering positive attitude toward people and his commitment to remain true to a clear set of principled priorities.

3. Master Sportsman Designation – The highest calling presented to the Christian is total surrender to the will of God, even to the point of developing a personalized gospel presentation then pro-actively seeking out venues to speak in a public forum. This leadership designation is not for everyone but rather only those who are gifted to speak and can hold the attention of an audience even to the point of asking for their decision to follow Christ.

Now this calling does not elevate certain gifted speakers over other sportsmen but merely places the Master Sportsman on Vision for the Future

Vision relates to passion and the personal skills set necessary to accomplish a given mission. What is God’s vision for your life personally? Or have you ever really thought much about understanding God’s vision for your life? The scripture states, “Without a vision my people perish”.

 

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