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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
"A Winning Team"
"...that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;" Philippians 1:27
Famed football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant once said, “I'm just a plow-hand from Arkansas, but I have learned how to hold a team together. How to lift some men up, how to calm down others, until finally they've got one heartbeat together, a team. There are just three things I'd ever say: If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games for you.”
I believe this lesson will win more than just football games in life. In fact, what the coach learned about teamwork is the fundamental mindset of the New Testament church. Jesus taught these very things to the apostles who, in turn, passed them down through the New Testament. Paul said, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” Phil. 1:27.
Central Baptist Church is a team. We are a winning team! We have to occasionally lift each other up, and calm each other down; but if we get the same heartbeat, we can’t be stopped! The key is keeping our heart on the same thing. We must encourage each other to set our heart on Jesus Christ!
If we are going to cultivate a team spirit and stay on the winning side, we will have to do several things. We must:
Keep ourselves pure. “Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned” 1 Tim. 1:5. “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” 1 Pt. 1:22.
Encourage each other. “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” Rom. 14:19. “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.” 1 Cor. 10:23,24.
Thank one another often. “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now” Phil. 1:3-5. “I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,” Philemon 1:4.
These may sound simple, but in practice they will build a team spirit, and cultivate a winning spirit in the church. Do your part!