Watching football is a lot of fun. Hanging out with real football players and talking about Jesus is even better.

God has provided an opportunity for me to spend part of every Tuesday afternoon over the next few months with the Midlothian High School (MHS) football team and their head coach, Kevin Thomas. I volunteered in a similar capacity last year and was grateful when Coach Thomas invited me back this fall.

The format is simple. Coach gives me 10 minutes after practice to explain what it means to be a man of character. The meeting is optional for the players, but typically 25-30 boys stay after practice to hear what the book of Proverbs has to say about who they are on the inside.

This afternoon, one of our church members, Gary Stergar, joined me for our first meeting of the fall. Gary played football for the University of Richmond which gives him instant credibility with the team. We’ll be taking turns exhorting the boys to be men of integrity, humility, diligence, purity, courage, love and self-control. There’s also a possibility we’ll help launch a Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddle at MHS in addition to leading an early morning Bible study with some of the seniors on the team.

Please pray that God gives us favor with the most influential players on the team. Pray that we would be bold and winsome in speaking God’s Word. And pray that we would keep our conversations focused on Jesus.

If you’re interested in joining Gary and me in serving the football team, send me an email. More than anything, we appreciate your prayers!

Matthew Williams grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys, Ethan, Micah, and Tyler. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and is nearly finished with his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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