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Being a Part of the Dream Team (3 of 10)
Series: Can You Deliver?
Back in 1992 the United States assembled a group of basketball players to play in the Olympics. It was the first time that professional athletes played for the United States Olympic Team. Because they got to pick the top NBA players, the team was collectively called, ''The Dream Team.'' Many consider it the greatest team ever assembled, in any sport. It dominated the Olympic competition, beating its eight opponents by an average of 44 points. It consisted of three of the greatest players ever to play the game: Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, along with Charles Barkley, centers David Robinson and Patrick Ewing, and forward Karl Malone. It had the best of the best: best shooters, rebounders, and ball handlers; everyone playing their position. It was a team a coach and country dreamed of having.
In the fourth chapter of Judges there is another Dream Team, consisting of three individuals all gifted in different areas, playing their respective positions, bringing a victory more crucial and needful than that of a gold medal at the Olympics. The victory they achieved delivered the Israelites from out under an oppression that they endured for twenty years.
But before we look at that story, I want you to understand that God has assembled yet another dream team. It's called ''the church of Jesus Christ.'' And this team is invincible. Jesus said,
''I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.Matthew 16:18
And guess what? If you're a follower of Christ, you are a player on this team, and you have been given a role to play. You are not to be a ''bench-warmer.''In the twelfth chapter of 1 Corinthians, the apostle Paul beautifully depicts the church as a ''body,'' with each part needed for the body to function properly. Look at what Paul says,
''But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spi ...
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