Over the next several weeks, I’ll publish a weekly podcast – about five minutes long. If you’re a visual learner – if you’ve got to see it, to learn it – I’ll also publish a blog post with the exact same information.
Each podcast is part of a mobile training unit for Foundation Church: We are a church of disciples who make disciples, and this mobile training unit is meant to equip you “on the go”, whether you’re at lunch, or on the road to and from work, or when you have a few minutes, before the end of the day.
Today’s focus is on church as a team sport. Church is a team sport – there is no second string – no B-Team – no substitutes bench.
If it’s a team sport, what does “winning” look like? It looks like reaching the world, one person at a time. Sure, we will use advertising, like mailers, social media, road signs, even the banner outside the YMCA – we have to use these, and they sometimes work, in terms of bringing in first time visitors.
But Foundation Church “wins”, when each member follows the Great Commission in Matthew 28:
18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Each member. Every Christian is a missionary, whether she knows it or not. The questions are: Has she been equipped to be a disciple who makes disciples? And will she be a disciple who makes disciples?
Church is a team sport, and it needs all its players on the field, doing what the Lord calls all of us to do.
Go to your Bibles, and find Matthew 28. Read it aloud, and then pray for people you know – that you would be the person who helps them to come to know the Lord, if they do not already believe. Or: That you would be the person who would come alongside them, and help them to a deeper, stronger walk with the Lord, if they already believe.
Church is a team sport, and we win when each of us prays and works to be disciples who make disciples.