Building the Team
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
I Corinthians 12:25-26
When I went to the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida, in June of 1994, I had only been the pastor at Eastside for two weeks. I was standing with a friend of mine at the convention center when he spotted Bryant and Ann Wright coming toward us from some distance away. My friend gestured in the direction of Bryant and said, "Look, here comes your competition."
Within a matter of seconds, Bryant and I were face to face. He smiled, extended his hand to me, gave me as warm a greeting as I have ever received in my life. We chatted for a few moments, and then he and Ann and his friends continued on their way.
It was at that moment that I turned to my friend and said, "I'm sorry, but you're wrong. Bryant Wright is not my competition. Bryant and I are on the same team. I've just moved my locker a little bit closer to his. And now, together, we're going to try to claim our part of the world for Jesus Christ."
Folks, we're not in competition with each other. We are in competition with the devil and his forces of evil. And if we can't figure out who the enemy is, we're in big trouble.
What we need in our churches, and in our community, and in our nation is revival. And it seems to me that I have read in the first chapters of the Book of Acts that when the early Christians got in "one accord;" when they got in harmony with one another; when they got in agreement; when they came to the place that they understood the principle of teamwork, the Holy Spirit came in mighty power. And, of course, you know what happened on the day of Pentecost and in succeeding days.
Now, we should have no problem with building a team here in the Noonday Association. And I want to tell you why.
I. WE SHOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM BUILDING A TEAM BECAUSE WE HAVE THE SAME MESSAGE
In I Corinthians 12 Paul mentions "the same Lord" in verse 5, "the same God" in verse 6, and "the same Spirit" in verse 8 ...
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