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OPINION

BIBLE STUDY: Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- This Bible study appears in Baptist Press each week in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curriculum and additional resources for all age groups.
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This week's Bible study is adapted from the YOU! curriculum.

Bible Passages: 2 Timothy 3:1-5,10-12,16-17

Discussion Question: Whose testimony inspires you to use every life circumstance as an opportunity for spiritual growth?

Food for Thought:

Football and spiritual growth. These topics are not necessarily mutually exclusive anymore. Tim Tebow, apart from the awards and championships he's amassed over the last several years, is a Christian who just happens to play football. Tebow is not a typical athlete. He prays before, during and after games. He funds schools for children in third-world countries. He participates in mission trips with his family. He also understands that he's a role model for thousands of young fans.

By all accounts, Tebow is the same person on the field that he is off the field. During the 2008 NCAA championship game, he etched "John 3:16" in his eye black (a black under-eye coating used to shade a player's eyes from the sun during a game). Following the win, 92 million people searched the verse online. The NCAA responded by banning messages in eye black. The move, referred to the "Tim Tebow Rule" in the media, did not deter him. "It just goes to show you the influence and the platform that you have as a student-athlete," Tebow said. "… I have a platform, and I'm determined to use it. God gives us all a platform."

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If Tim Tebow can use football to influence the spiritual growth of millions, what can you do in your circle of influence?

LifeWay's YOU! curriculum, intentionally focused on urban and multicultural believers, is biblically-based with culturally relevant lessons to help people connect, grow, serve and ultimately be engaged in impacting the world for God. This flexible quarterly resource entails weekly Bible study for leaders and learners, devotionals and teaching plans, as well as articles on hot topics and missions. For more information, visit LifeWay.com/YOU.

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