Pastor Rick Jackson
Well the Super-bowl is tonight. Many millions will be tuned in while others could care less. There are a certain group of men however who are vitally interested in the game and that's the players. Can you imagine any of them being too busy to go today? Not only will every player try his hardest to be there but every one of them wants to be in the game! Barring illness or some other situation which they would be powerless over every guy wants in the game. Every man will be prepared.
Christians have something way more important than the super bowl and we all ought be prepared and ready to get involved.
I. BE PART OF THE TEAM [v. 10a] Be sure you're saved!
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
II. BE CONDITIONED [v. 10, 3:16]
III. KNOW THE OPPOSING TEAM [v. 11-12] "the evil genius" -know your enemy!
IV. BE READY FOR ACTION [v. 13]
1 Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
V. KNOW THE PLAYBOOK [v. 14a] Be familiar with the Bible.
2 Tm. 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
VI. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE YOUR PADS ON [v. 14b]
Phil. 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
VII. WEAR YOUR CLEATS [v. 15]
1 Co. 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
VIII. PROTECT THE BALL [v. 16] Rom. 10:17 Faith cometh by hearing...
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
IX. WEAR YOUR HELMET [v. 17a] -Col. 2:8
X. PROPERLY EXECUTE THE OFFENSIVE PLAYS [v. 17b]
Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
XI. STAY IN CONTACT WITH THE COACHES [v. 18a]
XII. HELP YOUR TEAM-MATES [v. 18b-19]
Heb. 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.