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The Transformed Athlete Matthew

The Transformed Athlete Matthew

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You are likely familiar with the idea of being a “transformational athlete”
rather than a “transactional athlete.” Transactional athletes do things for their teammates in order to get something in return: wins for their team, personal validation, a sense of feeling successful, etc. Transformational athletes help those they play with to grow and develop as complete persons, not just as athletes.

The Cambridge Dictionary gives this definition of transform: “to change completely the appearance or character of someone, especially so that the person is improved.” This is the work Jesus Christ does and continues to do in us when we surrender in faith to him. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Sermon on the Mount is all about how the good news of God’s reign through Christ is transforming us. As you study and apply Matthew 5-7, you will experience this transformational work of Jesus in increasing measure—leading you to continued growth as a truly transformational athlete.

Shannon Caughey loves serving coaches and athletes through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Previous to joining the Illini Land FCA staff team, Shannon was a pastor of a church near the University of Illinois campus for eighteen years. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Shannon is passionate about helping others grow a life-changing relationship with the Lord through his Word. He and his wife Cathy have three children who are college-age and older: Joshua, Matthew, and Anna. You can find Shannon on Twitter @shannon_caughey or email him at

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