This is my favorite time of year — football season. Here at Crossroads our team is anticipating the greatest season ever for God’s Church.
Football is a terrific metaphor for the church. Think about it …
• Every player has a specific purpose, position, assignment and responsibility.
• Every player doesn’t have the same position, but they must play with the same passion.
• Every player has to fulfill his role on every play.
• The team is only as good as its ability to play like a team.
• The idea is to move the ball forward on every play and eventually across the goal line.
• Players who can’t fulfill their role need to be replaced as quickly as possible. Injured players need special attention and time to heal. Ineffective players need coaching to get back on the field as soon as possible.
• We have one owner and a coaching staff that leads the team.
• We have one quarterback.
• There will be opposition ON EVERY PLAY. (That’s the way the game works.)
• Every player will have to face an opposing player. (Sometimes you’ll be double-teamed.)
• Practices and team meetings are as essential and as important as the actual games.
“We want to make every effort we possibly can to keep improving so we can win as many people as we can for Christ.”
Vince Lombardi is credited with saying, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” He said it, but wasn’t the first to say it. He did say, “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.” The point is this: in football as well as in the church, we ought to do everything we possibly can to win every day and in every way.
John Maxwell said, “Teams that succeed make adjustments to continually improve themselves and their situations … as the game goes on, the game plan means less and less, and the scoreboard becomes more and more significant. Why? Because the game is constantly changing. You see, the game plan tells you what you want to happen. But the scoreboard tells what is happening.”
Here’s our game plan at Crossroads: We want to make every effort we possibly can to relentlessly improve and make whatever adjustments we can make, so we can win as many people as we can for Christ. John Maxwell said, “Nobody achieves anything great by giving the minimum. No teams win championships without making sacrifices and giving their best.”
That’s what it’s going to take at Crossroads this fall. It won’t be easy. It never is. But it will be worth it!
Hudson Taylor, the great 19th century missionary to China, said: “I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.”
Let’s do it, Crossroads!
© 2017. Barry L. Cameron
[Whatever you do, be here for worship Sunday as we KICKOFF the Fall Season at Crossroads. Our platform has been specifically redesigned for this occasion and you’re going to love it! We’re also asking YOU and every one who comes to wear your favorite football team’s jersey or colors, too. Yes, we’re doing something we’ve never done before and yes, you’re going to love it! We had a great all-staff meeting and terrific leadership meeting with all of our leaders last night! We’re ready to KICKOFF! See you Sunday!!]
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.