I constantly have ideas running through my head for these weekly devotions, messages I have to preach, new ways to market/express what our ministry is about, etc… Just this weekend I was working on some business card designs and the phrase “Join the team; get in the game!” came to mind.
Our ministry is very deliberate with, and unashamed of, the proclamation of the Gospel (faith in the substitutionary death and resurrection of Jesus) for it is the power of God unto salvation! (See Romans 1:16; Ephesians 2:8-9) This is our desire to “Give ‘em the ROCK!”
We are also very deliberate in the teaching of God’s Playbook (the Word) in order to help team members grow and serve – or to “get in the game.” (See 2 Timothy 3:16-17) This is our desire to help them “Get schooled now… so they won’t be schooled later!”
We feel ministries get in trouble when they forget either one of these concepts. Simply put a player cannot step on the court in the game until he is on the roster! The Gospel is of first importance in our outreach to the lost. (See 1 Corinthians 15:3-4) Therefore the Gospel has to be proclaimed! How can they believe if they don’t hear the message? (See Romans 10:14) And then once a player is on the roster it is our duty to teach (disciple) him; to help him grow in his walk with the Lord; to encourage him to fulfill all God has planned for him! In fact we believe that each player is an MVP for God with specific plays drawn up for him. (See Ephesians 2:10) We believe the Word of God transforms lives and is a necessity in honoring the Lord with our lives. (See Romans 12:2; Psalm 119:9, 11, 105)
This week’s devotion is more of a proclamation of who we are; and hopefully an encouragement to you to be who God wants you to be…