Steph Curry: ‘I Went Down to the Altar, and Gave My Life to Christ’ (Gospel Light Minute #240)

He is a professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He played college basketball for Davidson University where he was twice named Southern Conference Player of the Year and set the all-time scoring record for both Davidson and the Southern Conference.

In the NBA, he has been named an All-Star six times, the Most Valuable Player twice, and has helped lead his team to three NBA championships. He has also won two gold medals playing for the U.S. Men’s basketball team in the Basketball World Cup.

In a Facebook video docu-series, he has explained that his faith in Jesus Christ is central to his life. He said, “[Christianity] was more something that was important to my parents but I never really understood it. It was a decision I needed to make for myself. [Before] I was kinda just going with the flow.” In the eighth grade, after hearing a sermon from a youth minister named Pastor Jason, he walked up to the altar to receive Christ as Savior for himself. He said, “I felt a calling, went down to the altar, and gave my life to Christ. That became the beginning of my own personal journey.”

The 2016 NBA scoring champion said, “My faith is about the personal relationship, more so than following a certain religious tradition or practice. [It] challenges you to make sure that you are feeding your spirit with the right things versus what the world is throwing at us. It’s a constant battle. If I say I have it down, I’d be lying.”

After suffering injuries on the court, he said, “My mom challenged me to find a verse that I could rely on to give me strength, give me a sense of purpose, and to remember who I was playing for every time I lace up my sneakers.” He chose Philippians 4:13, which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” He said the verse “reminds me why I am blessed with these talents, where I get my strength from, and who I am playing for.”

The player who has helped lead his team to the NBA playoffs for seven straight seasons, said, “I strive to be myself, to live out my faith, to continue to learn, and to not be afraid of that higher calling. I feel there’s a responsibility to that, and I own it.”

His name is Steph Curry.

This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Steph Curry trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:

1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.

2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!

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