By December 7, 2018 Rob's Blog
So I need to make a confession. During my high school basketball career, I was a ball hog. In my defense, no one else on my tiny little Christian school team seemed to even know what a basketball was. Every time I’d pass them the ball, they’d either drop it, airball a shot, or basically, give the ball to the other team. So, it was just more effective for me to hang on to the ball. Oh and another comment in my defense, the coach encouraged my behavior! To be honest, it worked…really well. We were one of the better teams in our (tiny Christian) conference. But then, something very unforeseen happened. It was the morning before our conference tournament began. Our coach had called a special “walk-through” practice. We had devised a few new plays, and he wanted to make sure we were performing them well. During one of these plays, my teammate got a little over zealous and ran into me, sending me flying to the floor. I landed right on my hip bone. Immediately black and blue bruise colors appeared on my hip. It wasn’t a serious injury in the long-term, but for the next couple of days, I could barely run. Now, I know not everyone reading this understands the game of basketball, but one thing is extremely necessary to the game, running! I could not. What I did during that tournament more resembled skipping than running. It was awful, and because our team was predominantly me, we did horribly in the tournament. Our team wasn’t really a team, and basketball is a team sport. The same holds true for church. God designed “church” to be a “we” thing not a “me” thing.
One of my favorite passages of Scripture comes from Paul’s letter to the churches in Corinth. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:14-27
14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Every one of us followers of Jesus are essential. Every one of us has been especially gifted by God to fulfill his or her role in the church. We are each called to unite with one another to together be the church in this community. We cannot do it without each other. 
This leads us to our Guiding Principle: We Value Team.
We is better than me. There are no super Christians. We all need each other. We’re each better at some things than others, and we’re all a little more shaky in some areas than others. But together, just like God designed it, we are something beautiful that God can use to transform this community! I don’t know about you, but that gets me fired up! We don’t need a ball hog. We need each other. To truly be A Place For Everyone to experience the love of Jesus, find life-giving relationships and fulfill their God-given purpose, I need you, and you need me. That’s the way God-designed it, and that’s what God will bless!

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  • Joe Collins says:

    I have read that scripture many times and come to the conclusion that “WE” means the full body of Christ. In other words, WE would be every person on the team who has Christ in their heart…no matter what denomination (hate that word) they are or church they go to. In my small brain, through my life, I have seen nothing but breaking up Christ church (Christ team) by being the “ball hog”. Each church thinks they are the better player so they do not respect the others on their team. Sorry to say that I see that in the Evangelical church…including Brooklife. I just heard yesterday someone complaining about the Catholic church tearing them apart. They categorize the entire denomination for what they perceive as doing wrong. Now don’t get me wrong, as I group up in the Catholic church I was taught that if you were not Catholic you going to hell. Sad, where is the love. As satin looks at the body of Christ today he laughs. He does not have to do anything because we are doing such a great job of tearing off limbs of Christ church. We have divided (instead of building up) the body of Christ church that we have become non effective. That makes the rest of the world laugh also.I believe that makes my Savior very sad.
    In short: In the basics = unity
    In the non essentials = diversity
    In all things = LOVE
    Keep the Christ in Christmas

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