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Summary: A sermon promoting the explosive power of teamwork in our Families, Churches, Communities & Work Place - it encourages working together in unity & co-operation to fulfill God’s plan & purpose not only for our own lives, but also for the lives of those in

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TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK

(Dan Harman @ CityMinistries.org.uk)

MEDIA CLIP (optional suggestions): Chicken Run, Toy Story 2, Gladiator fight scene OR get 2 people to carry a large box/table for a visual demonstration

Introduction (the hook to get attention):

How many people would like to see this church packed every Sunday? People Saved & Equipped to achieve greatness on a regular basis? To see this Church have incredible influence both locally & globally for the glory of God? How many of you dream of living in a peaceful yet purpose community that works together in harmony? How many people would like to enjoy the benefits of a successful & happy family? Enjoy job satisfaction in a work place that is productive frequently getting results?

Well you could see all this & MORE!! If you tap into (take advantage, delve into) what I’ve got to share with you this morning.

Theme: Teamwork

Title: Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!

Turn to you neighbour & say it!

BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT ILLUSTRATION

A farmer noticed a highway department truck pulling over on to the shoulder of the road. A man got out and dug a hole, then got back into the truck. Then the other occupant got out, filled up the hole and got back in the truck. Every fifty yards this amazing process was repeated. ’What are you doing?’ the farmer asked. The driver replied, ’We’re on a highway beautification project, and the guy who plants the trees is home sick today.’

What’s the bottom line (morale)? No Unity, no Productivity!

God blesses those who work together in unity.

Great TEAMWORK makes things happen more than anything else in organisations – more than skill, qualifications or money! Whether it’s your Family, Church, Ministry, Business, Personal life

A well known football manager once commented in an interview "It’s easy to get good players. It’s getting them to play together that’s the hard part!"

Dictionary definition =

The COMBINED effective ACTION of a group or team to achieve a common goal (vision).

Other Definitions…

" Teamwork means that we share a common ideal, Embrace a common goal. Regardless of our differences, we strive shoulder to shoulder, Confident in one another’s faith, trust, and commitment. In the end, teamwork can be summed up in five short words....

We believe in each other."

" Teamwork is the FUEL that allows Common People To Produce Uncommon Results!"

"True teamwork is a two way street: Reaching out to help colleagues And also being open and receptive to help when it’s offered"

"Teamwork is the long word for Success"

Throughout the Bible we read stories about people working together as teams to achieve a mission.

(optional INTERACTION point / AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION – TEAMWORK IN BIBLE QUESTION)

Q.) Name some great examples of where we read about TEAMWORK in the Bible?

In the Beginning God said to Adam ‘it is not good that man should be alone’, Noah & his family, Nehemiah built wall in 52 days with a team, Moses had a team of leaders around him, Jesus & 12 Disciples (one could argue constructed greatest team ever), Paul & Silas, Barnabas & Mark, Gideon’s 300 etc…

1 of the stories that sticks out to me is – the Tower of Babel is a picture of what can be achieved by a team that is UNITED – speech, actions, thoughts, goals, the vision

TOWER OF BABEL - GENESIS 11v1-6 (NLT)

"At one time the whole world spoke a single language and used the same words. As the people migrated eastward, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. They began to talk about construction projects. "Come," they said, "let’s make great piles of burnt brick and collect natural asphalt to use as mortar. Let’s build a great city with a tower that reaches to the skies--a monument to our greatness! This will bring us together and keep us from scattering all over the world."

But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. "Look!" he said. "If they can accomplish this when they have just begun to take advantage of their common language and political unity (NKJV when the people are one), just think of what they will do later. Nothing will be impossible for them! "

Here we observe that the Babylonians took full advantage of the impact of TEAMWORK & collaboration (working together aggressively, passionately to achieve a common goal)

Here we discover that even when a team has a wrong motive, united in speech & action ‘nothing will be impossible!’ When everyone’s singing from the same song sheet & putting their faith into practice Sky’s the limit of what can be accomplished! & just think how much MORE we as believers can accomplish working in PARTNERSHIP with God on our side!!

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