Summary: In basketball there’s a "triple threat" stance than can make an offensive player an effective threat to the opposing team. In the same way, Jesus models a "triple threat" for us that can make us effective for His kingdom. What is that triple threat, and h

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OPEN: (We began the sermon by showing portions of two separate videos by Michael Jordan describing the “Triple Threat” stance and how it works. The first video we showed the first 17 seconds of We followed that clip with the last few moments of another video We began this second video at the 1 minute mark and ran it until the end)

The Triple threat stance has become a staple of good offensive playing in Basketball. A player who masters this technique can gain the ability to essentially outplay the defense if he knows how to read his opponent. Done right the player has the ability to

· Shoot

· Pass

· Or dribble

This versatility can ultimately set the team up to score.

As I was researching this stance, I found that how you stand and how you hold the ball makes all the difference in how successful a player will be.

ILLUS: For example, I watched one video where the coach held the ball over his head and asked his young players to tell him how many options he had if he held ball this way.

Only one.

The only thing the player can effectively do while holding the ball that way is to pass. Therefore, this coach went on to say, in order for the triple threat to work the player has to hold ball low.

Another video showed a coach demonstrating the need to plant one foot learn to pivot to the right or left increase his offensive threat.

So, in other words, there was only one right way to do the triple threat.

If you don’t do it right, you can lose your advantage, lose your edge against the other team, and ultimately you can lose the ball to them.

Done right – this stance is a powerful tool in playing basketball.

Done wrong – it can end up costing you your possession of the ball.

APPLICATION: Now this morning, we find Jesus introducing His own version of the triple threat. This stance that Jesus models for us in this text is a powerful tool that can help us be versatile, outplay the opposition, and ultimately help us score in a big way for Jesus.

But you have to do it RIGHT

A lot of Christians… and a lot of churches DO do it right.

But, then again a lot of Christians… and a lot of churches don’t because they misunderstand the importance of doing things God’s way.

So, let’s take the three parts of what I see is Jesus’ triple threat stance in this text.

1st – I want to address the issue of Truth.

Jesus said: God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth." John 4:24

In our brotherhood, we have a strong commitment to God’s truth.

One of our mottos is: “In ESSENTIALS unity, in opinion liberty, and in all things love”

Guess what we regard as being essential? (The Bible)

EVERYTHING in the Bible is essential.

But not everything is covered by the Bible and we tend to cover those matters as opinions and grant people freedom in those matters unless those issues directly contradict things we find in Scripture.

But no matter what issue we may face, we are obligated to show love to others.

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