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Some unknown writer penned these words: I have played enough sports, been in touch with enough coaches, watched enough games, and read closely enough to know that there’s one strategy that’s deadly. And it’s so subtle. You think you can win by doing it, but you lose. It’s called sitting on the lead. If you’re an athlete or a sportsman, you know what I’m talking about.



When I was in high school, our basketball team went to state finals in Texas. In one state final game we were ahead of halftime 26 to 18. The coach said, “Now we got ‘em. We got ‘em. Just take it easy.” You know what? We lost, 41 to 40. Why? Because we tried to sit on our lead. We thought we had them beat, so we played with a maintenance mentality.


A growing church never gets so far ahead that it can afford to “sit on the lead.” Complacency is a major peril to evangelism.