The free reading plan, FCA: The Relentless Devotional for Competitors, includes 31 devotionals from FCA’s Relentless Athletes Bible. The plan speaks directly to the heart of the competitor by dealing with issues that coaches and athletes face on and off the field of competition. It will also help establish a consistent, daily quiet time with God, and includes extra readings and suggested prayer.
“Relentless” was the theme of FCA’s camps in 2013. As Jeff Martin, FCA’s executive vice president for ministry programs and resources, said, the theme is best summed up in Hebrews 10:39, which says, “But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.”
“Coaches and athletes understand what it means to be relentless in their sport when it comes to training, effort, teamwork and gametime performance,” Martin said. “It means to be determined, never-ceasing, fierce and persistent.
“The Relentless devotional allows us to experience and understand God’s relentless pursuit of us and how we should be relentless in our pursuit of Him, which results in our relentless pursuit of others with the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Posting the devotional on YouVersion allows FCA to reach a wide audience. YouVersion’s Bible app has been dowloaded more than 104 million times.
“The partnership between FCA and YouVersion allows us to introduce people to great FCA devotional content right inside one of the most widely used Bible apps,” said Danny Burns, FCA’s director of digital ministry. “As athletes and coaches are reading God’s word, we can speak directly to the heart of the competitor. We can help them apply God’s Word to their context and address some of the unique challenges they face inside their sport.”
Diving into The Relentless Devotional for Competitors is easy. All you have to do is:
- Start the plan on YouVersion.com
- Then download and install the free app
- Open the app on your smartphone or tablet
- Your accounts will sync and you’ll see the Relentless reading plan on the main screen of the app
- If you already have the YouVersion Bible installed, simply go to Plans > Browse Plans > Search for FCA
Other free FCA devotional series for YouVersion are in the works.
“As we look to the future, we’ve already selected devotional plans which we’ll offer in different lengths,” Burns said. “Everything from seven days, to 30 days to, eventually, 365 days. The plans will cover many topics and will be geared towards athletes, coaches and those who love sports.”
Check YouVersion and FCA.org for the latest updates on FCA Bible studies. Also, resources including Bible studies and devotionals, articles, podcasts, videos, FCA Huddle activity ideas and more are available on FCAResources.com.