At least one person who can do push-ups (10 or 20 for each group member, depending on size of group).
Reward for each group member (hamburgers, food, candy, snacks).
In a small group of 5-7 people, ask for volunteers who can do 10 push-ups.
Then, ask those volunteers who can do 10 or 20 push-ups times the number of people in the group (70 total for example).
Out of those volunteers, ask the group to pick one person to do the total number of push-ups (Student A).
Have everyone form a circle and bring student A into the middle. Then show the rewards to everyone and explain the challenge below.
The challenge is, with every 10 or 20 push-ups Student A does, another person in the group gets the reward (hamburgers, food, candy, snacks).
Student A does not stop doing push-ups until every other person in the group gets the reward.
No one in the group is allowed to help Student A. No other person can substitute for Student A. Student A is not allowed to stop doing push ups until all students have a reward – a reward they did not earn.
This icebreaker is a great opportunity to talk about unselfish love with the Huddle.
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. - (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 ESV)
When the U.S. Olympic hockey team beat the Soviets and went on to win the gold medal in 1980, coach Herb Brooks said many memorable quotes to excite his player. One quote that fired up his team, “It’s about the name on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.” So often we seek our glory – whether we are completing on a field, ice, court or just plain life. Sometimes, even daily we find ourselves wanting glory to come to our name instead of the name of Christ.
As you live for Christ, remember whom you play for and represent. When you wear your jersey, you represent your team. But there is a name even bigger than your team name: Jesus. His name is above all names, and He is worth living for!
- Imagine the magnificence of God. God is infinite. God made everything – universe after universe-stars-planets–moons-black holes–solar systems–earth-light–time-land-water-vegetation-fish-animals-birds-man-YOU. He is the divine Creator. God saw His creation and declared it good. He saw you and loves you. He made man to live forever. Genesis 1-2
- Man, whom God created, disrespected God. We disobeyed God. Because of our disregard for God a chasm was placed between God and man and that chasm is called sin. Man was created to have fellowship with God; but, because of his own stubborn self-will, he chose to go his own independent way and fellowship with God was broken. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Man is Separated by the chasm-sin. "The wages of sin is death" and man that was made to live forever would now die -a spiritual separation from God (Romans 6:23). "...(Those) who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus...will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord..." (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9)
- In spite of man’s sin. God loves His creation. God knew that the penalty for sin was death. He knew man would die (Romans 6:23). Therefore, this infinite, magnificent God who created man chose to send Himself to His creation to die and pay the penalty for man’s sin (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, John 3:16, Romans 5:5-8, 1 Corinthians 15:1-3). God came to earth to die on a cross. The folly of the Gospel is that God would choose to die for us. That is the great love!
- Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8 ESV). Because Jesus was the One to pay the debt of sin – ONLY Jesus is the way to salvation, Heaven and a restored relationship with God (John 14:6).
The U.S. Olympic Hockey coach, Herb Brooks, challenged his team with a famous quote – remember? “The name on the front of your jersey is more important than the name on your back. Who do you play for?” Knowing all that an indescribable infinite God has done for you – who will you play for?
- Are you competing for your own glory and success, or for the success of the team?
- Are you competing to please God or people?
Father, thank You for the opportunity to compete for the glory of Your name. Help me to represent You well with my words, attitudes, effort, and actions as I compete. Amen.
Posted on Thu, October 20, 2016
by Jason Bernick