EDITORIAL: All about the team

‘It doesn’t matter – the team still lost the game’

I gave this fairly blunt reply to a teammate who tried to cheer me up. It was a cold Tuesday evening before the lockdown and we had just narrowly lost an eight-a-side football match. A young player was trying to console me that despite our team losing, at least I had a good game. This exchange taught them two vital lessons:

1) Football is fundamentally a team game.

2) I am very competitive and quite grumpy in defeat.

The Apostle Paul teaches us that the health and impact of the Body of Christ relies on each member playing their part. One person playing their role to the best of their ability isn’t enough.

‘If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.’

Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

This edition of awmlink aims to inspire you to use your gifts for the building of God’s Kingdom. May we all encourage each other to play our varied roles to this end. I know I certainly need to improve in mercy and cheerfulness next time I play football!

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– Jesus directly intervening into the life of a refugee family
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