NIKE Christians! by Steve Wagers

NIKE Christians!
Steve N. Wagers
John 2: 1-11
December 3. 2006

Sermon Outline
1. The SCENE of this Miracle!
A) An Unlikely Place
B) An Unusual Problem
2. The SIGNIFICANCE of this Miracle!
A) It Revealed Human Frailty
B) It Required Heavenly Ability
3. The SECRET to this Miracle!
A) The Obligation They Shared with the Lord
B) The Obedience They Showed to the Lord

NIKE has done it for more than 25 years. The "swoosh" is as recognizable as the golden arches of the peace sign, and nothing symbolizes success better than the symbol that flashes from feet, and clothing around the world.

NIKE made its initial debut at the 1972 Olympic Games on the feet of Steve Prefontaine. Sales skyrocketed and within their 1st year sales hit $2 million. NIKE soared to superstardom when they got Michael Jordan to endorse his own shoe, the Air Jordan in 1985. NIKE Airs followed starting an arms race with the other athletic shoe brands in terms of technical wizardry and celebrity endorsement.

In the late 1980's, NIKE slipped from it #1 position in sports apparel and equipment. Sales were down, morale was low and advertising execs were grasping at any idea that might prove to once again establish the mega-corporation as the leader in sports equipment.

In 1988, the idea was found in just 3 simple words: JUST DO IT! And do it they did. The idea promoted the idea that there were no excuses in life anymore, and NIKE once again took the lead with a simple slogan of success. [1]

As much of a household name that NIKE may be, and as familiar as we are with the words: JUST DO IT; the advertisers could be accused of plagiarism. You see their slogan it not original. It did not originate in 1988; in fact, it originated in John 2 when Mary the mother of Jesus issued the admonition, "Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it."

As we consider what it takes to become a NIKE Christian there are 3 things I want to consider from this great miracle. First of all, let's ...


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