Full Court Press (2 of 5) by Jeff Strite

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Full Court Press (2 of 5)
Series: The Road to the Final Door
Jeff Strite
Mark 14:32-42

(We showed ''full court press'' schematics on the overhead. We found them at http://cldj.tripod.com/221fc.html)

OPEN: Up on the screen you're going to see a few basketball diagrams. Does anybody know what basketball strategy these diagrams are illustrating? (full court press)

According to ''Maven's Word Of The Day'' (www.Randomhouse.com) The usual practice in a game is to allow the offensive team to get halfway down the court (which is called a half-court press) or wait til the other team is near the basket before applying strong defensive pressure. But THIS tactic (the ''full court press'') involves ''pressing'' the other team ''the entire length of the court.''

Now… I've watched basketball games where teams would use this full court press. BUT I never realized they were as complicated and well planned out as this. And whenever a team uses this tactic, the announcers will become edgy and imply that the team with the ball could be in trouble if they can't get the ball down the court rapidly. Apparently, it's an extremely effective strategy.

But I've noticed that teams usually won't use this strategy unless they are in serious trouble, or when the game is down to the last few minutes and they desperately need to force a turn-over. You'd think - if this is such an effective tactic - why don't they do it all the time? But they don't. Why? Well, as one expert noted: ''a full-court press takes a great deal of effort''. Using the full court press can literally wear your team out if you do it too often.

APPLY: When I originally started working on this sermon, I literally picked its title out of the air. Since I'm using basketball imagery in this series of sermons… and since the Garden of Gethsemane is the final action of Jesus before His arrest… I felt a need to use a basketball term that described something a team would do when their game hung in the balance. And ...


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