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The World Cup sparks sharing the Gospel

Clint Dempsey of team USA
Clint Dempsey of team USA
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Cincinnati is full of great free places to watch the USA try its best at the World Cup. While most of Cincinnati sports scene is all about the Reds or Bengals, the World Cup is an exciting break from the normal and new infusion of sports and patriotic energy. Even the casual soccer fan in Cincinnati has an interest in what is happening in Brazil as the US starts its run at the World Cup. International competition draws a lot of fans who do not normally watch.

Cincinnati Christian do not normally compete with the international community. Instead, Jesus commanded his followers, “Go, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Jesus’ instruction to his followers was to pay attention to the international community and bring all people the Gospel. While Christians in the greater Cincinnati area may not travel the world, they can bring the Gospel to people of all races, creeds, and backgrounds.

While the national team plays soccer at one of the biggest international competitions, Cincinnati Christians can be reminded that the Gospel is global even more than sport. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is universal, but it needs to be taken to people every day. While the USA plays soccer in Brazil, Cincinnati Christians should be reminded to bring their “A-game” to being an ambassador of the Gospel to everyone they meet. The challenge to Christians in Cincinnati is to live out the Gospel in every possible way in order to bring it to others with efficiency and effectiveness.