In addition to my role as the Eagles Team Chaplain, I am also the pastor of a church plant in Cherry Hills, NJ. Having just finished our third week after the launch of our church, we are excited for what God’s going to do through this new family we’re creating.
My ministry to the people of Family Church and my ministry to the Eagles’ players is the same: I’m here to train up Godly leaders in these communities. The mission of Family Church is to “Change Our World, by Restoring God’s Family.” The mission of my work with the athletes in the NFL is one and the same.
The foundation of our society is the family. The foundation of the family is built upon a strong marriage. The foundation of marriage is built by the man. God’s given me a passion for pouring into families, especially through the men that lead them.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” —John 3:16
In this verse, the Greek word used for “world” is “cosmos,” which means people, systems, and territories. By restoring the church we are able to change people’s lives and restore the systems of the world!
What many men don’t realize is that it’s not money, fame, or contracts that make them a man. It’s their personal relationship with God alone that makes them a man. All men long to feel a sense of honor, just as all women have a great need to feel secure. And no people or community can satisfy those needs, only God can.
“Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.” —Psalm 27:10
Honor is found in the presence of God. Security is found in the presence of God. To fulfill these needs, we first must look to fulfill our greatest need—our spiritual need for a Savior.
When this deepest need is not met, we will search for substitutes in people, jobs, and money. These things will never satisfy, and we’ll find ourselves becoming discouraged and critical in the process. When we make people our idols (God-substitutes), we will become bitter, and soon reject them for not meeting our expectations.
When we have found our security and salvation in Christ alone, it’s then that we are able to use the gifting, the talent, and the platform that God’s given us as a vehicle for His glory, not as a substitute.
When our deepest need is met we are free to give.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:19
—Pastor Ted Winsley, chaplain of the Philadelphia Eagles
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