Summary: God has called us to work as a team like the early church
We’re all on the same team
Team Spirit Day
Today is team spirit day and as a Church or should I say as the Body of Christ we are a Team, Team Jesus. “ Give me a J” We can look around and see many different teams represented here with the different Jerseys we have on, but in the Body of Christ there is only one team and Jesus is the head of the body.
In the church today we see many different denominations, yet that’s not what we see in the Bible with the early Church. They worked as one or should I say one accord to get the work of the kingdom done.
In Baseball you have different position, like the picture, catcher, well you know what, I’m going to have a couple guys who are experts in this area explain the different positions in baseball.
Video, Abbott & Costello: Who’s on First?
The book of Acts the 5th book of the N.T. and the history of the early church shows us a team. They might not have known how good of a team they were, but History has shown it. From these few people the gospel has gone around the world.
Every team has an owner and the owner of our team is our Father God, we have a captain on this team, and His name is Jesus Christ, and we have a coach on this team and His name is the Holy Spirit.
We need to know that were on one team and when each of us does our part, the Job got done.
1 Corinthians 12:12-25 (NKJV)
12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.
15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.
19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.
21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you."
22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty,
24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it,
25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.
Think of that, The Head of the body Jesus cannot say to the lowest part of the body, I don’t need you. How much more us.
Because of this attitude of team work or oneness, you see statements in the Book of Acts Like:
Acts 2:40-42 (NKJV)
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
Acts 2:47 (NKJV)
47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.
Acts 5:14 (KJV)
14 And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.)
Acts 6:7 NKJV
7 Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Acts 9:31 (NKJV)
31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.
Acts 11:24 (KJV)
24 For he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and much people was added unto the Lord.