What position did you play on the school team?



- What position did you play on the school team?

- Did you ever want to play a different position?

- What was your school’s mascot?

- What character did you play in the school play?


- Have you ever been part of a mission team at Church?



Part of playing a position on the team is being part of the team, and being able
to participate with the team.  There is a sense of belonging and a sense of team
work.  There is a sense of being on a “winning team.”


Below I have listed two definitions from www.dictionary.com for the word “part”:

-         an essential or integral attribute or quality: a sense of humor is part of a healthy personality.

-         any of a number of more or less equal quantities that compose a whole or into which a whole is divided . . .



God wants us to be partners on His winning team, let’s take a look at some
of the relevant Scripture:


Romans 15:15-17 (NIV):

15 I have written you quite boldly on some points, as if to remind you of them again,
      because of the grace God gave me
16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of
     proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering
     acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
 17 Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.


Romans shares with us one “duty” that can be a part of the team.
Let’s see what Ephesians adds to this  . . .

Ephesians 4:14-16 (NIV):

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here
     and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their
     deceitful scheming.
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the
      Head, that is, Christ.
16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting
     ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


Ephesians shares with that we can be a part of the team, and that we all
have are own unique role.  Let’s see what Corinthians adds to this . . .

1 Corinthians 12 (NIV):

Spiritual Gifts

1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.
2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led
    astray to mute idols.
3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus be
    cursed," and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.
6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message
   of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between
    spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the
    interpretation of tongues.
11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just
     as he determines.

12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts
     are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.

13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave
      or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

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.
28 And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third
     teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to
     help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of
29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?
30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?
31 But eagerly desire the greater gifts.  And now I will show you the most excellent way.

Summary: Being part of a team is trying different roles, and finding out where
we are best suited . . .  however, please remember that in Christ we become
complete.   Hence do not feel locked into only one role.  Look for positive
opportunities and positive mentors, and be brave to try different roles.



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