Summary: A key to unlocking the door of revival at Christian Hills is teamwork and when the team players understand the following statement then we will have another key to unlocking revival.
Why Does God want Teamwork?
Recognition of new members at Christian Hills Church during Praise and Worship.
Opening video Illustration: Teamwork “The Blue Angels”
Illustration: Movie Clip on Teamwork – From “Remember the Titans.”
Movie is focused on bringing together different cultures and races and developing them into a team. The coaches do this by hard work and intentional focus. The team does come together and becomes an unbeatable High School football team. It’s a team that is different but one that learned to function by practicing teamwork.
Thesis: A key to unlocking the door of revival at Christian Hills is teamwork and when the team players understand the following statement then we will have another key to unlocking revival.
“The Church (TEAM) does not exist for the member, rather the member exists for the church (TEAM)."
Key point: The key to teamwork is relationships. When they exist between each of the members we are on our way to becoming undefeated. This key to Revival is teamwork and when the church is functioning as a team of players with different abilities then we have an unstoppable force. If a church does not have teamwork then it will die.
Text: Psalm 133:1 “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity.”
We have talked about unity and its importance here at Christian Hills in the past but I want to explain that unity is important but teamwork is also important. There is a difference between the two - unity means to live together in harmony which is essential. But teamwork means to work together as a team. Many can live together but the ones who win the race are team players who work together.
John Maxwell in his book The 17 Essential Qualities of a Team Player states, “Great challenges require great teamwork, and the quality most needed among teammates amid the pressure of a difficult challenge is collaboration. Notice that I didn’t say ‘cooperation’ because collaboration is more than that. Cooperation is working together aggressively. Collaborative teammates do more than just work with one another. Each person brings something to the table that adds value to the relationship and synergy to the team. The sum of truly collaborative teamwork is always greater than its parts” (page 13, 14)
Listen to what teamwork does:
T- Together as a unified group of believers
E- Each one of us
A- Achieves miraculous results
M- More than we could ever do on our own.
W- Wow what God can do with teamwork!
O- Over-comers are developed.
R- Revelations are unleashed to the team.
K-Kingdom growth occurs and people are led from here to eternity.
Jesus himself demonstrated the importance of teams in doing ministry. When He started his ministry the first thing he did was to start forming his team, the 12 disciples Matt. 4:18-22:
18As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” 20At once they left their nets and followed him.