It’s baseball season! Our favorite MLB teams are vying for a chance at the World Series. T-ball tykes, high school and college sluggers, church and business league players have been giving it their best through the hot summer days. A true ball player doesn’t shy away from a challenge. When the stakes are high and the challenge is big, a winning player is anxious to get in the game and on the field. That winner’s plea is, “Put me in the game, Coach!”
We are in a championship drive for high stakes at Cornerstone. We want every player in the game and on the field! We need a BIG win, and it’s up to all of us. Get on the team and in the game!
The first thing a winning teammate does is connect with other players, and work to get more players on the team.
“There is no I in TEAM. But there is in WIN.” Michael Jordan
It’s all about connection.
It’s all about relationships.
You were created for it.
“It is not good for man to be alone.” Genesis 2:18
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
The pictures God uses of relationship with Him are team pictures.
A building (Ephesians 2:22)
A body (Romans 12:4-5)
A family (I Timothy 3:15)
A vine (John 15:4)
There are 5 tools that God uses to grow great people, and they all involve connecting.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” Matthew 7:24-27
“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.” Proverbs 13:20
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” II Corinthians 1:4
“And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.” II Corinthians 5:18