Rebuilding the Wall of Fellowship (3 of 7) by Stan Coffey

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Rebuilding the Wall of Fellowship (3 of 7)
Series: Rebuilding the Walls
Stan Coffey
Nehemiah 2:18-19


Years ago there was a time when football teams had difficulty moving out of their comfort zone. The year was 1905. Most of the games played by college teams were low-scoring games characterized by running and kicking.

There were guys in leather helmets running the ball for three yards and a cloud of dust. It was a tough and dirty game that was played between the tackles.

In 1906, a development occurred which would change the game of football forever. The forward pass was legalized making it possible to gain as much as forty yards with the flick of the wrist.

However, during the first season, teams stayed within their comfort zones. They kept on running the ball. They kept doing what they had always done. They did what was comfortable and what was reasonably safe.

Realizing that a new day had come, St. Louis University moved out of its comfort zone. The first year they switched almost entirely to the forward pass and that season outscored their opponents 402 to 11. The rest is history.

The church of Jesus Christ moving into the 21st century faces changes as challenging as the introduction of the forward pass to football. We are called to reach a post-modern world in what is a post-Christian era.

Many are scrambling. Many are trying to win without any innovations. The result is they stay in their comfort zones and are defeated and left behind. The world our churches need to reach today is not the world of "Leave It To Beaver." We are trying to reach a contemporary culture where everyone is not living in a tidy little home behind a white picket fence with nothing to do except attend religious services.

Rebuilding means that we move out of our comfort zones. This is exactly what the Lord Jesus Christ did when He walked the roads of this world. He was constantly engaged with moving people out of their comfort ...

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