The team verse for the Trinity Christian Academy boys’ basketball team this season is Philippians 2:3.
“The verse focuses on humility and not playing for ourselves,” TCA senior guard Alex Northcut said. “We are playing for the guys sitting next to us. That is how we have grown and become selfless.”
For Northcut, playing football, basketball and soccer are not just about playing a sport.
“I think my faith is best integrated into the team,” Northcut said. “These guys that I have been playing with for so long, they hold me accountable.
“When I slip up, the guys can pick me up. If I am not setting the best example, they pick me up. They boost my faith, and they are my brothers.”
Northcut also isn’t just about showing his faith on or off the court.
“I try to incorporate my faith in everything I do,” he said. “I try to exemplify Christ in the ways I treat others. I fall short, but I am thankful that I have life. God is why I wake up every morning with a purpose.”
Northcut has grown up in a family where church was put as a priority.
“I have always gone to church, and my parents have been Godly, faithful people,” he said. “When I was eight years old at a West Jackson [Baptist] Church camp, that was the moment when I was saved.
“But when I got into the seventh and eighth grade, I started to look back at what I was doing in life. Up until that point, I was not living the way Christ wanted me to. It was then that I surrendered, and told Him, ‘All I have is yours.'”
Northcut knows that faith is not always a given, and it is not guaranteed
“I struggle in my faith just as any Christian does,” Northcut said. “Paul said that Faith is a struggle, but I am reassured of my desire, and that is what gets me going each day.”
Northcut has been on four mission trips – one to Denver and three to Costa Rica – as well as a few mission projects closer to home.
West Jackson Baptist Church has partnered with Heartland Apartments here in Jackson,” Northcut said. “I went on a mission trip to Denver when I was in the fifth or sixth grade, and that was my first taste to go out and serve those that I have never met.
“Costa Rica really touched me. Meeting kids and people who take nothing for granted. I have been there three years in a row. The most important thing with Costa Rica is going and building relationships and loving on those kids.”
Northcut believes that the lessons he has learned in Costa Rica are just as meaningful as the lessons he has tried to teach.
“Christ calls all of us to go out and teach his word,” he said. “You go expecting to change someone else, and God turns things around and changes you.”
One of those experiences in Costa Rica stands out as a time that God was assuredly present in Northcut’s life.
“I was in Costa Rica three summers ago, and we were at a feeding center for kids,” he said. “They had just had a fiesta, and seeing these kids who had nothing with so much love joy and so much love for others. I felt God was there at that moment. That is something important to me and how I treat others.”
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Alex Northcut’s favorite verse
Philippians 2:3 — Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.