Summary: Understanding the importance of knowing our role within the church body. This was conclusion to a Capital Fundraising Campaign so some won't apply but it would work especially well around the Super Bowl. I also have a complete PowerPoint presentation av
LIVING STONES (6) GOD’S GAME PLAN
We are in week 6 of our
Capital Campaign emphasis “Living Stones”
and we’re getting close to the finish line –
or as Darryl Schmidt likes to call it: The starting line!
Over the past 5 weeks I’ve been trying to
give you some tools to help you make a decision
about the commitment we’ve challenged you to make
on a 3 or 4 year pledge to support
the relocation of our church facilities
to our new property just down the road on Hefner
We’ve talked about what it means to be faithful
Why it’s so important that we realize
That God’s ultimate purpose for our lives
and this church is eternal in nature!
We talked about commitment:
How we make it and what it requires
as well as what it produces
Then, last week we talked about Thanksgiving –
How our appreciation for all of God’s blessings in our life
ought to overflow into our commitment
to further God’s Kingdom
This morning I want to talk about the trap
that would be so easy for us to fall into
over the next few years
Because as I’ve told you before:
The temptation will always be strong
to turn our focus and attention onto ourselves
instead of on those God wants us to passionately pursue
You see, we can build all the buildings
and construct the best facilities in the world,
but if we fail to reach those
who are lost and hurting for Christ,
then we fail as a church
And will have failed to turn our thanksgiving into action
and will have failed to bring glory to His name
Speaking of Thanksgiving . . . Let’s take a little poll
How many of you had
a nice Thanksgiving with your family?
How many of you: Ate turkey? Didn’t eat turkey?
Watched football? Put up Christmas Decorations?
I don’t know about you,
but one of my favorite times during Thanksgiving
is about an hour after we’ve eaten dinner,
I’m in about my 5th hour of football.
Christine will come in and lay down beside me
on the couch and dose
It’s just one of those moments that I always think of
when I think about Thanksgiving
Now, I guess, this Thanksgiving,
at some point during the game,
I must have dosed off too and started dreaming
And I know I was dreaming
because it was the Super Bowl
and the Dallas Cowboys were in it! (pic)
Well, in this dream, the SB was about to start (pic)
They had sung the National Anthem,
the fighter jets had flown over,
the fireworks had gone off
and the captains of each team
came running out onto the field for the coin toss
The cowboys won and lined up to receive the kick. (pic)
Unfortunately, when the Cowboy’s
kick returner caught the ball,
he was immediately clobbered by the other team! (pic)
All 11 of them at the same time!
The Special Teams coach comes running onto the field
and says to his guys: What just happened out there?
Nobody blocked! Why didn’t you block?
You almost got our guy killed!
Well a 180 lb receiver says: (pic)
Coach, I’m not giving up my body for him!
He’s just a special Teams guy
A 250 lb TE says: I don’t like being on special teams. (pic)
Offense is MY specialty!
One of the reserve running backs says: (pic)
He’s not worth blocking for – He lost 5 yards!
The quarterback interrupts and says: (pic)
Never mind coach – The offense can handle it! –
And onto the field they ran
First offensive play of the game,
the offense goes out to the huddle, (pic)
the Offensive Coordinator signals in a run a play
But 40 seconds later,
they’re all still standing there in the huddle
The referee throws his yellow flag, (pic)
calls a penalty for delay of game
and moves them back 5 yards
The coach is standing on the sidelines like: (pic)
What is going on?
He sends in the next play – same thing happens
Penalty flags and 5 more yards! (pic)
After 3 plays, they’re backed all the way up
against their own goal line
The OC signals for a timeout and runs onto the field(pic)
He calls the offense over and says: (pic)
What’s going on out here?
I sent in a simple run play
And you guys haven’t even snapped the ball yet!
Finally, the lead receiver speaks up:
I’ll tell you what’s wrong:
I don’t want a run play!
I say we pass the ball every time!
A 300 pound tackle interrupts:
I’m tired of blocking - I want to run the ball for once!
The full back says: On my other team
we didn’t do it this way