Summary: This morning I’m going to attempt to compare the Game of Golf and the Christian Life. I have found that there are some good ways to help illustrate how we should live our Christian life, through this game we call Golf.
Golf and the Christian Life
Pastor Glenn Newton 8-4-02
Romans 10:11-15 “ As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put
to shame." 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile--the same Lord is
Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, "Everyone who calls on the
name of the Lord will be saved."
RO 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can
they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without
someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is
written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"
This morning I’m going to attempt to compare the Game of Golf and the Christian Life. I
have found that there are some good ways to help illustrate how we should live our
Christian life, through this game we call Golf.
Let me ask you, How many here this morning have ever played Golf? How many
here this morning understand the rules of Golf? Not very many. Don’t worry that’s not a
problem, before were done I believe you will understand what I’m trying to say.
I hope to be like that fine preacher who was once complimented by a little
boy who said, “You’re not a great preacher because I could understand every word
Arnold Palmer said, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated, it satisfies
the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening
-- and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind have ever invented.”
The game of golf is fun to play for many reasons, but one of the most beneficial reasons to
play is that your patience level will increase as you learn the game. It’s not an easy game.
To sit and watch the pro golf players hit that little white ball around and put it right where
they actually aim it, looks easy. But friend, let me tell you it’s not easy making that little
ball go strait
In the same way, our Christian lives can have times of frustration, times when we don’t
seem to be making progress in our spiritual growth, in our Christlike attitudes, in our
witnessing. If were not careful, we can find ourselves like the frustrated golfer, just
swinging away with no idea where we are going to end up.
I can tell you with confidence this morning, that’s not what God wants from us. God has
called us to win, and He wants us to have confidence and assurance in our Christian lives.
That doesn’t mean everything will be easy, in fact I can tell you there will be times of trials
and hard times, but our Faith can stand strong, our Witness can shine through and we can
grow through adversity.
This morning I want to share with you Three areas that I believe will help your Christian
Journey. I’m going to use Golf lingo, but I will apply it to our Christian life so you will
know exactly what I’m talking about.
What we are talking about is Fundamentals. In any sport, there are basic fundamentals
that we need to learn if we are going to play the sport effectively, and have a chance to
compete. Of coarse there are fundamentals in the Christian life also.
In Golf, there are allot of things a person needs to know, and to be honest I know I don’t
know all of them by a long shot. But I have narrowed down what I do know to three
fundamentals that every golfer should pay attention too.
1. The Rules.
It’s hard to play a game if you don’t know the rules, or you don’t pay attention to the
rules. Rules are important. Abe Mitchell, British Champion said this, “The sum total of
the rules(of etiquette in golf), is thoughtfulness.”
The rules of golf are a reflection of the etiquette and fairness which are a vital part
of the entire game. Golf has been called the most “civilized” of sports. The player with
the lowest score on the previous hole receives “honors” at the next tee. On the fairway,
the “disadvantaged” player whose ball lies the farthest from the hole shoots first.
Likewise, on the green, the “unfortunate” one with the longest putt goes first before the
others. Much of the rules are built into these concepts of courtesy, fairness, and honor.
Good players are aware of their fellow golfers game. They do the little things that
aren’t caught by the less gracious players, such as not casting a shadow where the player
is trying to make a putt, not walking in the area where the other players are going to be