Main Point of Discussion:
MVP Quarterback Kurt Warner truly demonstrates that Christians must put their faith into action.
Vital Info Before You Get Started:
(The following should help you contextualize this important issue so you can have a great discussion about it with your kids.)
Introducing the Article:
- The Article: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?page=hotread17/kurtwarner
This online article about Kurt Warner is a great testimony of his faith in action. However, it’s quite long. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the article prior to teaching your lesson so you can choose the most important parts to share. The small group discussion that we’ve provided below for you (and your family members) centers on the stories of Warner’s faith in action and less on his football accomplishments.
- We suggest sharing the parts of the article that talk about:
- Him humbly receiving an invitation to his third Pro Bowl (in the first section of the article).
- Him visiting with the kids in the locker room after his loss to the Vikings (in the second section of the article).
- His relationship with Isaiah Acosta, the boy without a lower jaw (in the third section of the article).
- Him working at Riverbend Prep Academy and buying families dinner (in the fifth section of the article).
- Above all, don’t appear as if you have a “canned” discussion in your head and rattle off questions like a teacher giving a pop quiz—your kids get enough of that in school. This is a guide, primarily—not a verbatim script. Just familiarize yourself with the content here and start a conversation in the most natural, unforced way you know how.
I want to read you a few sections from an online article about MVP quarterback and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner. But this article has very little to do with Warner’s achievements on the playing field; instead it focuses on his faith that he so clearly shows off the field. So listen now and see if Kurt’s track record should challenge us to be more active in living out our faith.
(Share parts of the article that work for your needs.)
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):
Q: What’s going on with Kurt Warner?
A: He’s living out his Christian life off the football field, giving his time and resources to those who need it and proclaiming Christ whenever possible.
Q: How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to his behavior?
A: We should rejoice in the platform Kurt has to share the love of Jesus—and it should inspire us to use the platforms we have as well.
Q: How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about Kurt to actually living out those opinions?
A: Kurt Warner has a huge platform to share Christ. But he doesn’t have the platforms we have with the people in our lives. He’ll never have the chance to be as close as we are as a family or with our friends—so we need to rejoice in the opportunities we’re given and use them just like Kurt does.
Where to Take It from Here:
Wherever it feels natural. If these questions lead to a longer discussion on the topic, wonderful! (There’s a guide just after this paragraph that helps you do just that.) If your kids are barely uttering grunts, don’t get discouraged—the next time it feels right, keep engaging them.
For Deeper Discussion: (If your kids seem into diving in deeper, the following discussion guide can help take you there.)
CLICK HERE if you want to look at a quick training article on small groups and drawing questions out of young people—you may find much of the information applicable as you go through this subject with your family members.
As you can see, for Kurt Warner there are more important things in life than winning NFL games, making the Pro Bowl, or even winning Super Bowls. Since he calls himself a believer and is very outspoken about his faith, Warner backs up his talk with action. From spending time with orphans to loving a kid who was born with a birth defect to helping out at schools to treating a family to a free dinner every week, Kurt models the life of Jesus because he believes faith should be put in action. Our faith has to be put in action, as well.
More Discussion Questions:
- HAVE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ANSWER: As we begin, tell everyone the name of your favorite athlete.
- ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: In the article Kurt said, “People think that whatever happens on the football field should define me one way or the other. A lot of people say I can't believe you don't think more highly of yourself, two-time MVP, Super Bowl MVP, but it's like whatever…it just happens to be what I do. I want to be defined by what I believe in, by who I am.” Do you agree with Kurt’s thoughts? Why or why not?
- ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Why do you think he is so open and visible about his faith in Christ?
- ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: Are all Christians called by God to be that bold in our walk with Jesus? Why or why not?
Read the following passage:
ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What does Jesus mean by saying we are the ‘salt of the earth’?
ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: What are some purposes that salt serves? (Parent—answers you’re looking for: preserves, heals, adds flavor)
ASK A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS: How can salt become worthless? (Parent Note: If the salt licks of Jesus’ day were rained on, the sodium chloride would wash out, leaving only the impurities. Thus the salt lick looked like salt, but there was no flavor and it was useless.)
HAVE ALL YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ANSWER: How will you be salt and light for God this coming week?
Matthew 5:13-16 (NLT)
“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
We just discussed the idea of being an excellent witness for Jesus Christ - being salt and light. That's what Kurt Warner does, even though he lives a high-profile life. Although none of us has Kurt’s platform, we all need to take seriously the responsibility to be salt and light. We have to put our faith to action. It’s true that some people may be offended by our witness, but it could make the difference between someone going to heaven or hell. We cannot ever forget that!
Pass out 3x5 cards/pencils and say:
On the card, write down ‘salt’ and ‘light’, then write down three or four ways you could show your commitment to Christ to those around you.
(Parent—you may want to write a response before you teach this lesson from your own experience and share it with your family members before they participate in this exercise. They could also break the ‘salt’ down with preserve, heal, and add flavor categories.)
Close in Prayer
Written by Lane Palmer