Summary: Using a football analogy throughout this series. This sermon is an overview of the series on living the five biblical purposes together in community
Prelude Music—(This week we’re starting a new series with a football metaphor so we’re using “Jock Jams” music for prelude. Whatever countdown you pick please mute it and go with the Jock Jams music instead)
(A) Everybody Praise the Lord
(G) Holy is the Lord
(E) Let Everything that has Breath
(B) God is Great
Welcome and Announcements
Doing Life Together—Part 1
It’s football season! One of the reasons I love the game of football because football is the quintessential team sport.
Life is a team sport. We aren’t supposed to go through life alone. God designed us to long for community. God designed us to do life together.
Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 (NIV)
Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 1 Peter 4:9 (NIV)
HOW CAN WE WIN THE BIGGEST GAME?
REMEMBER THERE IS NO “I” IN TEAM
Recently I learned of a good football player who quit the team. You know why he quit? Because the coach wouldn’t guarantee him that he’d be playing a certain position on the field.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10 (NIV)
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:16 (NIV)
Lifegroup calls this weekend.
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8 (NIV)
Penalty—Personal Foul: Unnecessary Selfishness
It Is Natural To Be Selfish. I don’t think about you most of the time. I think about me, my needs, my interests, my hurts. How do I look? How do I feel? Who’s hurt me? And you don’t think about me, you think about yourself more than anybody else. You think about yourself all the time.
LEARN AND LIVE BY THE TEAM’S PLAYBOOK
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. Colossians. 3:16 (NIV)
You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. Acts 20:20 (NIV)
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. Romans 15:14 (NIV)
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians. 5:11 (NIV)
Penalty—Illegal Shift of Priorities
PLAY MY POSITION TO BENEFIT THE TEAM
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Penalty—Lack of Motion
Some of you have been here for years and you’ve never been involved in a ministry. It’s time to get off the bench and get in the game!!
There’s a lifegroup that needs you. Needs your wisdom, experience, contribution.
I’m calling for all intercessors to meet with me on October 7.
Roll Video “Facing the Giants—Be An Encourager”
Do Lifegroup Signups Here
INVITE OTHERS TO JOIN OUR TEAM
Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, "You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas" (which, when translated, is Peter).
 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, "Follow me."
 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, "We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph."
46] "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. John 1:40-46 (NIV)
No set formula, they just invited their friends to come and see.
Tell Ron Hill’s story.
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 5:42 (NIV)
People are calling Psychic Hotline to try to get answers!!!! We’ve got the answer!!!
Penalty—Not Enough Men on the Field