Summary: This sermon compares the Christian life with the Super Bowl.
How to win the Super Bowl!
Text: Acts 1:8
This evening the world will watch the Chicago Bears beat the Indianapolis Colts (I mean play the Indianapolis Colts). I shouldn’t have made a prediction like that! How many Bears fans do we have here this morning? Great! How many Colts fans do we have here this morning? Wonderful! How many Jesus fans do we have here at the Grace Baptist Church this morning? Raise your hands! Oh that is great!
This morning I want to compare the playing of the Super Bowl, and all the fans that will be watching the Super Bowl to that of the Christian life. Now, there is a greater Super Bowl being played, even as I speak! King Jesus, and His team is on one side of the playing field, and Satan and all his demons are on the other side of the playing field! Which side are you going to be? I hope you are on Jesus’ team, and you can be on His team before you leave this morning!
As I thought about how to win the Super Bowl, I thought about how the Christian life is compared to the sports world. We have a lot in common with the world of sports. The Bible even pictures the Christian life as a boxing match, a race, and a wrestling match.
Now how can you win at the Super Bowl of Life?
1-Tell everybody whose team you are on!
Acts 1:8 says
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
A true fan is not ashamed to stand up and be counted for his or her team! As many of you have already stated, a fan is not hesitant to say what team they are pulling for, unless it happens to be the New York Yankees! Just kidding! Are there any Yankee fans here today! I’ve tried my best to convert you into Brave fans, but all to no avail! You want to be a winner right, so you pull for the Yankees, instead of the Braves! Well friends, I really do not know who will win the big game tonight, but I guarantee that the Colt fans are going to let everyone know when Peyton Manning throws a touchdown pass, and the Bears Fans are going to let everyone know when they score a touchdown or kick a field goal.
I’ve even seen fans would fight you over their team if you said something about them.
It is easy to tell who a true fan is pulling for. Just look at their shirts, coats, socks, and even their underwear and they will have the logo of their favorite team on them. It is said that Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever, would wear his North Carolina Tarheels gym shorts underneath his Chicago Bulls uniform. Once a Tarheel, always a Tarheel. AMEN! That is why the Lord painted the sky above us Tarheel Blue! How many Tarheel fans do we have here today? How many Duke Blue devil fans do we have? If those fans can tell everyone whose side they are on, let’s go out into the world and let them know we are on God’s team!
When Satan starts to fight against you, just sick King Jesus on Him! Satan is no match for the Captain of our Salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Friends, Jesus has already scored the most amazing victory in the history of mankind. He conquered Death, hell and the grave on the old hill called Calvary! He smashed the head of Satan and suffered a heel wound in the process, as predicted in Genesis 3:15. If King Jesus has already scored the winning touchdown at Calvary’s Cross, then let’s tell everyone the good news! Satan couldn’t keep him down. All the demons in hell couldn’t keep him down, so let’s tell everyone whose side we are, and that the victory has already been won. Have you told anyone lately that you are on the team of the Lord Jesus Christ?
1-Tell everybody whose team you are on!
II. Display a strong support for your team!
Some of the super bowl fans will spend hundreds of dollars to purchase a ticket, and then thousands of dollars to fly or drive to Miami, Florida to watch one game that will consist of four 15 minutes quarters, all for a grand total of one hour of football. No sacrifice is too great when your team is playing in the Super Bowl. Friends, we are on the greatest team in the world! It is called the church of the Lord Jesus Christ! He is our captain. No sacrifice is too great for Him! He gave his all for us!