by Daniel Rodgers

Are You Better Than Average?
Dan Rodgers
I Corinthians 15:58; Colossians 2:6-7
October 28, 2007

QUOTE: A recent article reads, "We find that "a scandal is brewing in the hallowed halls of Academia. It has to do with test scores given to our young people. A West Virginia doctor noticed sometime back that all 50 states claim that their students score above average on standardized test scores. "That, of course," the author writes, "is impossible for everyone to be above average."

Someone has even given this scandal a thoughtful name, the Lake Wobegon effect. Lake Wobegon is author Garrison Keillor's mythical town where "All the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."

The writer concludes, "Obviously, by definition it is impossible for everyone to be 'above average.' Average is what most people are. Nobody, though, wants to admit it.1

INTRODUCTION: There is just something about being "average" that bothers us when it comes to what we expect from those we call "professionals." And we should be bothered. By the way, who would want to go to a dentist who got a "C" on final exam?

When we look into our churches today, we find those who are above average, some are average, and then there are those who just kind of "glide" along. I believe God is bothered about Christians who choose to live a life of mediocrity. I might add; I also believe that Christians miss out on the greatest blessings of life when they become satisfied with being just average for God.

This evening, I want to speak to you about being better
than average. In order to be better than average, we must be three things:

I. Passionate in What We Believe
II. Pleasing in What We Do
III. Polished in What we Know


DEF: Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines passionate as, "expressing intense feeling."

May I ask you a question, "What is your level of passion when ...

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