MLB star Adam Wainwright leads year-long online Bible study for fans

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St Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright. |

Long-time St. Louis Cardinals all-star thrower Adam Wainwright has invited fans to join him for a year-long online Bible study he is leading.

Last Thursday, the 38-year veteran and three-time team star took to his official Twitter account to invite his 285,000 followers to “read the Bible with me in a year”. The tweet encouraged interested fans to follow his other Twitter account: “Walking With Waino”.

the @marchewwaino has 14,000 subscribers, a doubling from last week when it had around 7,000 subscribers. The bio description of the story reads as follows: “Study the Word of God in community. ”

A pinned tweet from last Thursday explains that “Walking With Waino” is a “good opportunity for me to walk the Word of God in community with you”.

“I pray that this will be a daily blessing and encouragement to all of you,” the tweet read.

One website for the study calls it the “Bible Engagement Plan!” ”

“My prayer is that God will speak to you in new ways as you work on these pages,” Wainwright wrote on the website. “I’m so excited, and – if I’m being completely honest – a little nervous going through this journal with you!”

Wainwright explained that he would be “very transparent” about reading each day and promised to point out his own struggles or things that “really turn me on”.

“The responsibility that comes with leading small groups through the Word has been one of the greatest tools in strengthening my faith,” he said. “It’s also a real challenge because when you’re in the lead, you can’t miss a day!

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Adam Wainwright speaks in an introductory video of his online Bible reading plan. |

Wainwright explained that the study plan was developed in chronological order based on the dates the books were likely written by his spiritual mentor, Don Christensen. He pointed out that the order makes the Bible “read like a story” revealing “the truth and mystery of God’s love for us.”

“It’s not a plan where you dive into a book for months at a time,” Wainwright explained. “It is to motivate you to open your Word every day! ”

According to the website, the plan aims to show the “models and disciplines” needed to truly delve into the Word of God.

“Do you need to read early before you go?” Does your mind function better at night? Maybe you’re the lunchtime type, Wainwright wrote. “Find out what works best for you and stick to it as best you can. One thing that has worked for me is going to a quiet place, and before I start, ask God to show or teach you something in that day’s reading.

In a video explaining the program, Wainwright said that each day when attendees wake up, they will receive an email from him containing an Old Testament reading and a New Testament reading as well as a psalm or a scripture. proverb.

“I’m going to break down what really stood out to me. There will be major themes on which I will touch, ”he declared. “It’s going to be completely different from what you might think. So it’s important to let the Holy Spirit speak through you.

Wainwright’s biblical engagement plan comes as several missionary organizations have declared 2020 the “Year of the Bible,” a movement to create better biblical engagement in churches around the world in hopes of stimulating a “second reform ”.

It is not clear whether Wainwright’s engagement plan was inspired by the worldwide “Year of the Bible” movement.

Wainwright has not hesitated during his career to share his faith.

In 2017, Wainwright told Dove Channel’s Matthew Faraci that he believed God gave him the ability to pitch so he could “make an impact on the Kingdom and impact the lives of more people” than if he had not had the opportunity to throw at a Hall-of-probably -League level of fame.

Wainwright is 162-95 win-lose record in his 14-year career with an earned-run average of 3.39 and 1,776 career strikeouts.

Wainwright told Sports Spectrum magazine last year that he likely would have retired without the connections he has with young players, mentoring them on the pitch and with their faith. He signed a new one-year contract with the Cardinals last November for the 2020 season.

In 2017, Wainwright spoke to Sports Spectrum about a spiritual transformation he had in 2002 when he attended a conference in Dallas, Texas, before making his way to the big leagues. Wainwright admitted he didn’t want to be at the conference but knew he was supposed to be there.

“Everything in my life has led to this conference,” he is said to have said. “During the night sermon, the pastor preached about the relationship that should be with Jesus. And for some reason God finally opened my ears and I bought on the spot. As I listened to him talk, it sank in and hit me right in the face, and it hit me so hard I had to look around and make sure I wasn’t talking to Jesus himself.

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