by Steve Jones

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The Ties That Bind - Teamwork (1 of 4)
Series: The Ties That Bind
Steve Jones
I Corinthians 12

INTRODUCTION: In Florida, the Estero High football staff gathered in head coach Rich Dombroski's office late Friday (10.10.8), almost in stunned silence. Earlier that night, Estero lost to Naples High by 13. Not by 13 points' by 13 touchdowns. That's right: Naples 91, Estero 0. After the one-sided affair, the Estero defensive line coach said "Hey, I didn't even know 91 was a multiple of seven." With that, the coaches all got a much-needed laugh. The Naples coach Bill Kramer-the man on the winning end- ran only 31 plays and he kept most of his best players on the sideline-for the entire game in some cases. The schools aren't far off in size but the pedigree of the football programs couldn't be more different. Estero is rebuilding from the lowest level, with their coach in his first year at the school and having inherited a program that had simply crumbled. Naples, on the other hand, is the reigning state Class 3A champion, and a contender to win the title again. Dombroski isn't blaming Naples. He said "Naples did absolutely nothing wrong. We just didn't do anything right." Dombroski knew when he took the Estero job that there would be days like Friday, but he said the 91-0 thumping might help him turn the program around. "We won't forget this. I won't forget this," said Dombroski. "Our team might not be winning or might not be on top right now, but we all have to do the best we can do. We can't forget that." And so, they were back to work, which they'll need. This week, Estero plays Cape Coral-a team that nearly beat Naples.

Today I want to talk about teamwork. I'm beginning a new sermon series out of I Corinthians that I've entitled "The Ties That Bind." Paul wrote this letter to a Corinthian church that was divided, discouraged and demoralized. Like the High School team that lost 91 to nothing, the Corinthian church needed rebuilding from the bottom up. ...

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