Football season is here! For many this is a win, because now they will watch 22 sweaty men aggressively push each other around a specially designed field on a large TV in their home while sitting in the most comfortable spot they can afford. In football, the aim is to be the team who gets the highest points scored by the time the clock counts down to 0:00 at the end of the 4th quarter. The winner is whichever team manages to accumulate the highest score. Should the winning National Football League team be the winningest in their division, they might go to be the conference champions, if they defeat the most teams, and if they can survive the playoffs, they can attend the Super Bowl and have the chance to become the NFL champions.
In football, the win is clearly defined.
As you are reading the blog at a church, you probably have guessed that we are not going to keep writing about football. How does a church define the win? What constitutes a church victory?
At Cornerstone, we count wins in terms of people coming to know Jesus as their Savior, the level at which they follow Him, and leading others to follow Him. While we track our service attendance, the treasurer tracks giving, and we enjoy the increasing website hits, they are only metrics that help us to understand what we need to do to better equip the congregation in living biblically. We state this as our purpose:
Cornerstone Bible Church exists to reach the lost with the gospel of Christ, to aid in the maturity and development of the followers of Jesus Christ, and to train leaders who will guide the church as they follow Christ Jesus.
As men, women, and children come to know Jesus as their Savior through the preaching of the Bible, our hope is to lead them to follow Jesus daily. Currently, we see a winning streak. The gospel has been steadily going out through the preaching, teaching, and opportunities to share Christ. We see believers responding to what the Bible says in positive movements towards the truth of God’s Word. Also, we are excited to have men and women who are taking ownership to lead others in walking in light of God’s Word.
Ultimately, we are guaranteed the victory, as Jesus is our Head Coach. Paul encouraged the Corinthians by writing, “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
We might not running through the tunnel to battle on the gridiron Sunday afternoon (or in the evenings on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Monday), but we do wake up everyday to embrace the victory already given. If you don’t have a church helping you in that endeavor, join us Sunday at 10 am.
P.S. Go Blue (University of Michigan Wolverines for those unaware)! Go Detroit Lions!