I’m so excited about the kickoff of our new sermon series beginning this week, Gridiron Gospel. In this series we are going to be looking at lessons from football and what that can teach us about faith and winning in the game of life. I’ve been interviewing former championship football coaches and players over the last couple of weeks. It has been very inspiring to hear them speak to the analogies and connections between football, life, and faith. I am excited to share with you some of the things they said throughout the weeks of this series!

This weekend in the first message in the series we will begin by turning to teamwork and the power of the 12th man (for non-football fans, the 12th man” is the crowd, which can impact a team’s performance by their support). Football has often been called, “The ultimate team sport.” To a person, when I interviewed former coaches and players and asked them the difference between winning and losing seasons, they all pointed to teamwork.

In life we are all members of many different teams; family, school, workplace, and even the church. In the Bible we see that even Jesus had a team. He chose 12 disciples who would help Him as He began His ministry. The biblical ideal for a team is the church. The apostle Paul described the church as a team; the body of Christ with each part and member with an important role to play. Are you a team player?

My hope is that this sermon series will connect with your friends who may not be active in church but who love football, that it would be a fun way to connect life, faith and football as the season begins. So please use this as an opportunity to invite them to join you for worship. And even if you aren’t a football fan, you are somebody that’s living the game of life and we can learn from football many things that help us understand deep spiritual principles.

So, wear the jersey or the colors of your favorite team to church on Sunday as together we “Get in the game”!