Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.
33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
1 Cor 12:12-27
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
Objective: To discuss the need for unity. “Polity” is the process we use to keep the body in alignment with the Head, but forgiveness, meekness, humility and common courtesy is how we stay unified.
Golden State Warriors Head Coach, Steve Kerr:
In an illuminating profile for Sports Illustrated, Lee Jenkins explains how Kerr’s success leading the Warriors comes from how he treats his players as people, not from his expertise in watching film or drawing up plays in timeouts.
Steve Kerr has led the Golden State Warriors to three champoinships since becoming their head coach in 2014 and is currently in 1st place for this season.
For decades, the Golden State Warriors have been an afterthought, frequently missing NBA playoffs. In a league that sends more than half its teams (16 of 30) to the playoffs each year, the Warriors made the NBA’s second season just once — once — in 18 seasons leading into the 2012-13 campaign. In the 16 non-lockout-shortened campaigns during that stretch, they won fewer than 40 games 14 times; fewer than 30 games six times; fewer than 20 games thrice. So the fact they’ve averaged a stunning 71 wins over the past three years and come within a minute of three straight titles feels more like paradisal afterlife for a lifetime of suffering than actual, basketball reality.
“They had to rebuild the whole culture,” said Malinowski. “It was this idea of enjoying coming to work. At first they had to make people in the front office and the upstairs believe that. And then they had to make the players believe that.”
That’s where Kerr came in. Sure, there was the free and open offense that led to a game-changing approach to the three-point line. But you don’t get the best available shot until every player buys in to a system that requires selflessness. And you don’t get that buy-in until your players believe in something beyond themselves.
“Lacob was not the first venture capitalist to buy a franchise, but he is the first to operate one according to what might be called Silicon Valley precepts: nimble management, open communication, integrating the wisdom of outside advisers and continuous re-evaluation of what companies do and how they do it.
Andecdote 1: Down came the posters in the training facility dedicated to former Golden State All-Stars and up went pictures of current players yelling, hugging, high-fiving. Hip‑hop and classic rock provided the soundtrack at practice, and some sessions were canceled entirely, in favor of bowling tournaments and football games. Video sessions were interrupted with embarrassing old clips of coaches: Walton blowing a layup, Jarron Collins lumbering through a fast break, Kerr and Fraser performing a rap. “It’s a complete circus,” says forward Draymond Green.
Anecdote 2: In one of his first memorable acts as coach, he halted a mundane staff meeting at the team’s Oakland headquarters and ordered his lieutenants into assistant Luke Walton’s SUV. They drove 30 miles to Muir Beach, stripped down to their boxers and jumped into the bracing Pacific.
Church ought to be a place
Christians WANT to be, and only
the members can make it that way.
- Unity is paramount where the church is involved
- Power of God’s Spirit flows through unified Christians – where two or three are gathered together in my name…
- The preaching of God’s Word protects us and our kids by infusing wisdom
- The building we meet in offers physical protection
- Children are protected through the church
- Provision – Through prayer and physical/ financial support, we provide for one another
- Purpose – “Do Something Great for God”
- Scott – “You’re a Gem”
- Rich – “The Song Within”
- Darrell – “The Golden Hour”
- Perpetuity – What you do for Christ will last. This church is a testament to those who have contributed to it throughout the years.
Quotes on Unity:
- “Individual commitment to a group effort: That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” — Vince Lombardi
2) “None of us is as smart as all of us.”
— Ken Blanchard (The One Minute Manager,)
3) “Talent wins’ games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” — Michael Jordan
- We unify by recognizing Christ is the head –
- Colossians 1:17-19
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
- Ephesians 1:17-23
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
- Ephesians 1:17-23
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
He is to have preeminence
b. He is to be remembered
c. He is to be preached
- In our agenda
- In our sermons
- In our songs
- In our fellowship
- In our business
- We unify by recognizing the members are the body, not the attenders… committment matters to Christ, after all… it’s His body.
a. Viewed in eternity, all saved Christians are part of the church body
b. Viewed on this earth, now… the church body is made up of called-out baptized believers under the authority of a local assembly
- We unify by avoiding schisms, dissonance or strife
– a split or division between strongly opposed sections or parties, caused by differences in opinion or belief.
– the formal separation of a Church into two Churches or the secession of a group owing to doctrinal and other differences.
- Denominations arise from differences in doctrine
- Local church assemblies arise from differences in operations
- Cults and False Religions arise from differences in righteousness (Christ vs Self)
- Schisms happen when people connect with people and not with God.
When a church splits over attitude, behavior, preference or personalities… God is grieved and blessings are stifled.
A church is at its greatest height in power when it’s most unified
Nobody wants to be at a church where there is strife.
Mature Christian behavior calls for forgiveness, humility and subserviant attitudes towards one another.