November 8, 2012

The Church and College Football


College football reminds me of some truths about the church. First, here’s the picture of the church:

"They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved" (Acts 2:42–47, NIV).

We all love to be part of something bigger than us.

People will travel across the country, camp out, paint themselves and give weird sign language all day to people wearing the same colors, just because they feel a part of something bigger than themselves. The church allows us to be part of something bigger than us!

We all worship something.

Hundreds of thousands of people will yell, scream, sing, and dance because we love our team. We all yearn to worship something. God put that in us. However, it’s often misdirected. True worship has God in the center of our lives. True worship directs our greatest passion toward Him. Only true worship fulfills us in the long run.

Teams win games, not stars.

So far, no team has ever won a game with one person. It takes 11 on offense and 11 on defense. One person cannot win a game. It takes everyone playing and contributing for a team to win. So it is with the church. The church should not be built around a star or even a few stars. It requires everyone on the team being on the field, performing at a high level, for the church to win! Get in the game! Pastors, quit trying to be the star!

The coach makes all the difference.

The church has the best one. Jesus is our Leader. With infinite power and wisdom, He leads us on to the mission field! Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the world!

A common purpose (and food) brings us together.

Love me some tailgating! Without a common purpose, a deep commitment to each other and deep fellowship, we cannot win. With it, we are part of something powerful. Sounds like Acts chapter two to me!

What about you? What does college football remind you about the church?

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