Before every game, coaches and players go through a game plan. This is especially important if the they've never played the opposing team. To have a chance at winning, they need to know their opponent's strengths and weaknesses. They develop this knowledge by studying their opponents, by spending time looking at footage from several games, and developing an understanding of how the other team plays. They then adapt their game plan to counter what their opponents will bring. For example, if the opposing team has a strong running game, they know they need to focus on protecting the line, not sacking the quarterback, or preventing deep throws down the field. If the opposing team has strong perimeter shooters, they don't prepare to defend post plays.
As we prepare to fight for the community around us, we too have to develop a game plan. We need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the people we are trying to reach. This will allow us the best opportunity to reach them - to win them for the Master.
If they lack education, what will we do? If they are struggling with poverty, how can we help? If they haven't experienced love, how can we show them it exists? If they don't believe God is real, what's our counter-attack?
Come out to Lifted this Sabbath afternoon, April 20, at 6pm, as we start developing our game plan, as we put together the X's and O's we will need to win this game. This will be the first of several sessions we'll hold where we learn and practice our plays. As with professional sports teams where developing the game plan is an interactive process - coaches make suggestions and players discuss how they can work together to implement them - we too will have an interactive process where we can develop our strategies.
By the way, the advantage that we have over the Redskins or Lakers or <insert your favorite team here> is that we've got the best Coach in the business. He's won all the championships that count. He's given us a playbook full of offensive plays that are unstoppable, and defensive strategies that folk can't get by. With Him, victory is assured. Let's go out and win our community for Him!