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preaching article Will the NFL Shut Down Your Church if You Gather to Watch the Big Game?

Will the NFL Shut Down Your Church if You Gather to Watch the Big Game?

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Jan 27, 2014
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The Church Law Group has important information about how to host a "Super Bowl Party" at your church.

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Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
Do any of the churches that host Super Bowl parties ever to think ask if local churches have authority to conduct such parties? These churches are changing the work of the local church. They are leaving the approved work of the church that we know pleases God (spiritual work) and making the work of the church to be the entertainment of its attendees. Where do these churches draw the line in the kind of parties and social activities they support and put together?
Marilyn Baker avatar
Marilyn Baker
0 days ago
This really disturbs me. Where are our priorities! This isn't what the church is about. God help us!
Lafern Cobb avatar
Lafern Cobb
0 days ago
Amen
Greg Lester avatar
Greg Lester
0 days ago
Have been doing many different types of outreaches over the past 33 yrs. good results. From the reactions posted here it would seem that churches are only allowed to do things that are geared to reach or interest believers. Scripture says to cast your bread upon the waters, not on the church rolls! I'm taking the Broncos! and reaching out to thee lost how ever I can. Stoggey Christians appeal to no one, particularly the person on their way to hell. Just Sayin.
Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
Does a church not have to have God's approval to do what it does? We think if we label something "outreach" that this in some way makes it evangelism and means God approves.
Paul Hull avatar
Paul Hull
0 days ago
Truly folks, if we want to follow the Jesus example, the buildings would be closed and we would be eating with sinners in the sports bar or pizza parlor at game time. Jesus went where sinners were. And folks came away from their experience with Jesus in their own space repenting and confessing their sins. Can we be such that people will be astounded and come away confessing sins? Depends on how we represent Jesus, I guess.
James Dale avatar
James Dale
0 days ago
Why is it when people talk about Jesus going to where sinners are it always includes a bar? Just walk out your door and you are in the midst of sinners. You see them by the hundreds every day. Do you care to ask about their souls then? I imagine most who wan't the Super Bowl Party don't. And too those who have been speaking about the building; no the building is not sacred, but worship is. We have 6 days to evangelize the lost, 7 if we include time between worship services, we meet twice on the Lord's Day. Is it asking to much to worship God as a body those few hours?
Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
Jesus went to synagogues (buildings built for the purpose of worship and learning God's word), while He was at and away from the synagogues He found ways in which to serve and teach people. This is a great example for us. But to take what Jesus did in going to houses of sinners and saying we need to go to bars is a stretch. Jesus didn't just go to eat and drink with sinners, He went with the purpose of teaching and preaching the kingdom of God to them.
William Kenna avatar
William Kenna
0 days ago
Excuse me? Guess I'm just an old fashioned "Holy Roller", but I really think services praising God are more appropriate for the church that supposedly honors God! W Kenna
Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
amen
Neftali Nava avatar
Neftali Nava
0 days ago
First of all, we don't host Super Bowl parties at our church, however, we don't criticize those who do. I do believe there is a difference between having a "service" during the Super Bowl, and using the installations as a meeting point to watch the game. Either way, when I observe Christ's ministry, he seemed to get close to that "line" that we often criticize. If your church building, "built by human hands" is sacred to you, don't use it for that purpose, but understand that others don't value the building the same way.
Scott Bills avatar
Scott Bills
0 days ago
Some of these comments are mind-boggling to me. How does taking time to build relationships with people outside the body of Christ -- even if it's around a football game -- change the work of the church? Just an observation, but some of the comments seem a bit Pharisaical. My opinion would be that churches that see their sole purpose or priority purpose being to provide times of worship to the exclusion of visiting "sinners" where they are would be the churches that have changed the mission of the local church.
Nathaniel Hunsu avatar
Nathaniel Hunsu
0 days ago
Hmm, Pharisaical indeed! I wonder how the Puritans would do in the event of a Super Bowl game! Or rather if the church in Smyrna will have a gladiator show party! And this churches, what do they make of the super bowl half time show. Or can we rather say that a time gross darkness is enveloping the world, and the people who are content to dine with it!!!
Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
Building relationships is the responsibility of each Christian. It is not the local church's responsibility to be a social club to make their members build relationships with lost people. Some tend to think if we label something as either "outreach" or "evangelism" that this makes it outreach or evangelism. Friendship/relationship "evangelism" is not evangelism. Also, calling people Pharisaical is uncalled for. No reason to engage in name-calling because people are concerned that the church stick with the mission God has given it to equip the saints for the work that they are to do as individuals.
Lafern Cobb avatar
Lafern Cobb
0 days ago
Dallas is hosting the Super Bowl in 2014? REALLY!!! Think you played an old tape....I heard that the game is being played Up North in an open air stadium.....Sermon Central has reached a whole new level of "you have got to be kidding!!!!" By the way just in case you didn't realize it, the first statement is sarcasm, the second is completely serious......
Lafern Cobb avatar
Lafern Cobb
0 days ago
Dallas is hosting the Super Bowl in 2014? REALLY!!! Think you played an old tape....I heard that the game is being played Up North in an open air stadium.....Sermon Central has reached a whole new level of "you have got to be kidding!!!!" By the way just in case you didn't realize it, the first statement is sarcasm, the second is completely serious......
Larry Morrison avatar
Larry Morrison
0 days ago
Do you think hosting a viewing of the Super Bowl with a Gospel message during half-time for twice our normal Sunday evening attendance is less than pleasing to God? Paul said What then is my reward? To preach the gospel and offer it free of charge and not make full use of my authority in the gospel. 19 Although I am a free man and not anyone?s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law?though I myself am not under the law?to win those under the law. 21 To those who are without that law, like one without the law?not being without God?s law but within Christ?s law?to win those without the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. 23 Now I do all this because of the gospel, so I may become a partner in its benefits. 24 Don?t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. I think it is important to partner with God's plan for His church-to use every available means to reach people. Paul, the author instrument God used to write most of our New Testament, sought to reach people in any way possible. Who am I to change God's Word, God's mission for His church or God's plan for reaching people?
Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
We can only know if something is pleasing to God if He tells us so. Just presuming it is pleasing to God doesn't make it so. I think you are blurring the lines between the work of individuals (to preach and teach the gospel) and the work of the local church. Local churches are given by God to His people as a gift so they can worship, be held accountable, and be equipped to do their work as individuals. Local church assemblies are designed by God for Christians.
Nathaniel Hunsu avatar
Nathaniel Hunsu
0 days ago
Jason, your response is awesome. O that Paul the apostle were here to tell if he really thinks that all things and everything should be employed to "reach" the world. I am afraid we stretch the word so much to fit our imaginations.
Jb Bryant avatar
Jb Bryant
0 days ago
In no way am I critical of churches who host super bowl parties, but I don't think the reasoning behind doing so is generally understood - perhaps because it's not clear in the leaders' minds (deep inside they may just not want to miss the big game!). I'm not critical of churches who don't agree with it either - I admire the reasoning for it and, while I think it is a bit shortsighted, I'd rather err on their side if I were undecided. What really gets me about this video message, though, is that athletics - in this case "Big Sports" - is controlling churches yet again. They control us a lot already: (1) By insisting that kids play games on Sunday mornings and spend a whole lot of money on equipment or be kicked off the team. (2) By wooing nominal or immature Christians to spend gobs of money on travel, games tickets, food, paraphernalia, and the like. (3) By wooing those same weak believers to spend hours in front of sports channels or local games - and then they are too busy, too tired, or too broke to tithe or serve Christ inside or outside the church building. AND ESPECIALLY by developing pervasive attitudes of violence as entertainment and also of competition as acceptable that has permeated the church! So, why should it surprise me that the NFL can also place rules on what equipment a church can use to watch its games?
Rev. Larry West avatar
Rev. Larry West
0 days ago
We won't be having a Super Bowl party, or service. We will be having church. A Super Bowl party will be Super bowl centered, not Christ centered. All of those "relationships" some claim to build will remember far more about the game, than they will, if anything about God. So many churches claim to utilize all these ways to have outreach, yet our country grows steadily worse; morally bankrupt and spiritually dead. Doesn't appear that being a part of the worlds fellowship is working.
Marilyn Baker avatar
Marilyn Baker
0 days ago
Praise the Lord
Pastor Jeff Haynes avatar
Pastor Jeff Haynes
0 days ago
And next week we'll be having a Ramboo movie marathon. Pretty ridiculous.
Terry  Frazier avatar
Terry Frazier
0 days ago
I am a forty year Seahawks fan and I will be DVRing the Superbowl and I will watch it when I get home from Sunday night Bible study. I don't have a problem with churches that use this event to reach people who might not come to church as long as that's the reason that they're doing it. But I will be having Bible study just like any other Sunday on Feb. 2nd.
Mark H. Stevens Thd avatar
Mark H. Stevens Thd
0 days ago
Reaching MEN in the community, especially HUSBANDS of wives that can't get the men to church, football is NOT a sin...lighten up folks!!!! sheeeshe no wonder unsaved folks think we are weird.
Jason Smith avatar
Jason Smith
0 days ago
If the gospel is not able to get men interested in Jesus Christ, football is not going to help. Doing something to "get the husbands to church" as you put it is NOT Biblical. Also, playing this card is a slippery slope. Where would one draw the line?
Zachary Bartels avatar
Zachary Bartels
0 days ago
Great video! I, for one, would like to see some more of this type of (legal, logistical) information in the sermon-central e-mail blasts.

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