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There is No “I” in Team

It would be fair to say that America is obsessed with sports…all sports….all of the time.  We have our favorite sport but that does not mean we don’t watch other forms of competition just because our most loved “sports season” may not be at hand.  For those that are “fully” addicted, one can order multiple ESPN cable stations, watch “Pay-per-view” games in the comfort of their family room, and even watch “memorable” moments repeatedly on their own DVD or electronic recordings.

One of the things that makes us fascinated by any team we watch is the marvelous way that a winning team works together so well. They have the ability to perfectly execute a play so that “one” of the team can score. At the end of any contest, there may be a recognition of the most outstanding player, but that player is quick to give credit to the work of the rest of the team that was necessary for him to look good.  All of the team is praised for working together in unity for the express purpose of advancing the team’s success, victory, and reputation.  The team from a school that is noted for winning is praised when they win for continuing the great legacy of a powerful, polished, and winning organization.

The Apostle Paul admonished the church to live out the Christian faith like a well-trained team.  Just one thing: Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel. (Phil.1:27).

There was once a pastor who decided he was going to take a survey of the members of the church that he pastored.  The church was in a slump and he wanted to hear from the church about their views on what was the cause. On a Sunday morning, he gave two sheets of paper to everyone in the worship service.  On one sheet, the heading read, “THE PROBLEM IN THIS CHURCH IS …” and on the other sheet, the heading read, “WHAT THIS CHURCH NEEDS

IS…..” He had them fill them out and hand them in.

The next Sunday, he gave the results. On the sheet that listed the PROBLEMS, such things were listed as: • should not serve coffee in church • should serve more coffee in church • should have shorter sermons • should have longer sermons • the music we have is terrible • It’s terrible we don’t have more music like what we have.

On the sheet with the heading of WHAT IS NEEDED, things were listed like: • Need to spend money on more chairs • we don’t need to spend any more money • Pitch all the songs and start over • we need a new preacher.

We can see the humor in that illustration, but there is something else we can see, too. We can see the unhappiness of those in the church. We can see the lack of unity as a body of Christians, and there is one more thing … we can see a church that has dropped the ball in its teachings, because nobody mentioned Jesus Christ. I would say the biggest problem that church had was that everybody was focused on what they wanted, and nobody was focused on what Jesus wanted. Too often, we are mainly concerned with what we want, and most often, that is not healthy for the church.  (Copied).