The Purpose of a Team – Sermon Summary   2 comments

Ephesians 4:1-16

While I divided this up into a two-part message, summarizing the point should not require nearly as much time or space.

I prefer the word “team” to a lot of the alternatives.  I’d much rather serve with a team than a committee, board, clique or even group.  In my mind, these words simply flip a trigger that tells me that one cannot become part of that because it is some form of exclusive club.  A team is something that I can be part of.  Not just a part, but a meaningful part.

In God’s team, aka the Body of Christ, aka the church, each and every player has a critical role to play.

Before this team can function properly, there needs to be a foundation.  I call this the Principle of One.  There is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all (vv. 4-6).  Once a team has agreed in principle to the basics of the faith, then the limits to what the Lord can achieve through the team simply disappear.

That is why it is so vital that each player figure out their own specific roles.  God called me to be a Pastor/Teacher.  My primary responsibilities from this passage as well as Acts 6 can be identified as Pray, Proclaim, and Prepare the saints for the work of the ministry.  Does that mean that I’m not to visit the sick in hospitals, shut-ins or those needing care?  Of course not.  I must roll up my sleeves just like everybody else and help meet needs where ever they may be.  But the 3 P’s are to be my primary focus.

When each player learns his or her role(s) is when things really start churning.  I believe that God gives every believer a special spiritual gift for the purpose of glorifying God and building up others.  You can find these gifts identified in this passage, Romans 12, 1st Corinthians 12 and other select New Testament passages.  There are indeed a wide variety of gifts to meet a wide variety of needs in this world.

Our responsibility is not to find our purpose, but to join God in His purpose – redeeming the world unto Himself.  That is His sole purpose.  Our purpose is to join Him in His purpose. The question should not be, “God, what is your will for my life?”  It should be, “God, what is your will?”

The way that we join God in His purpose is to utilize that which He has so freely given us.  I am a firm believer in spiritual gifts and the wide diversity therein.  If a church was full of pastor/teachers, who would nurture or give?  If the church was full of evangelists, who would have the gift of mercy and how would folks be encouraged?  We are diverse already and God adds these gifts to enhance the diversity for the purpose of bringing unity into focus.

Each person is vitally important in God’s work.  If a player is not performing on this team, the whole team suffers.  If a running back refused to take the hand-off from the quarterback, then things would go terribly for that offense.  If those who can teach, encourage, give, help, evangelize, or have and share wisdom refuse to play their parts, the team (church) suffers and God’s will is not done on earth as it is in heaven.

Are you part of God’s team?  If so, are you playing your part?  There is no such thing as an unimportant part.  My role in the church is of no more importance than the child in the nursery – we are a team. 

Do your part.

2 responses to “The Purpose of a Team – Sermon Summary

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  1. Loved the post! I loved especially the concept of the body as a ‘team’ rather than the top-down designations I have heard… and the Principle of One…

    Our responsibility is not to find our purpose, but to join God in His purpose – redeeming the world unto Himself. That is His sole purpose. Our purpose is to join Him in His purpose. The question should not be, “God, what is your will for my life?” It should be, “God, what is your will?”

    Spot on!

    (BTW – I hope the tags work, this is the first time I tried editing my comments using tags… I hope it comes out understandably….) Here goes… “SUBMIT”! lol

  2. I’m pretty new to the blog world myself. Your comment is most appreciated, especially since it appears that you hit all of the right buttons to get it here! Thanks!

    David Peppler, Sr.

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