Unified Discipleship

Unified Discipleship
by Lisa Coleman

Have you ever taken ‘one for the team’? To answer that, we have to consider if we’ve ever been on a team. I did not come from a family of athletes. But I have been and continue to be on teams. You have too! While it is much more fantastical hearing about gifted athletes saving the day at the last minute by a play that ultimately injured them but won the game, there are quiet acts of sacrificial teamwork happening all around us. We are likely members of a family team, a work team, a friend/neighbor team, a church team, or a marriage team.

  • A single mother working two jobs to send her son to college is taking one for the team. She is exhausted and certainly is not basking in the satisfaction she gets from her fame and popularity. She is just grinding it out day after day. For the cause. Her ‘team’.
  • Decades ago, farms depended on large families to handle the multitude of tasks required to survive. They were able to live off their land and thus feed their families.
  • Militaries operate in a similar way, through teamwork with a common goal.
  • Recently businesses have had to work together, unite in an unprecedented pandemic in order to survive. I read where a couple – recording artists – began a homemade cinnamon roll business. They rented out a commercial kitchen and figured it out. Wow, talk about taking one for the team!
  • A gun manufacturer shifted their production to step up and meet a dire need. They made flat, pliable sticks of metal to put in homemade face masks that would fit them snugly across the nose.  They even mailed them free of charge! Teamwork. In turn, many crafters were able to make a lot of much needed masks!

In WWII, the British government was apprehensive as to how the citizens of their country would handle the horrors of war. The assault of the Blitz was unimaginable. Every night, they faced threat of injury or death. Can you imagine? Would the people riot, loot, or experience mass-scale psychotic breaks? Would they go on killing sprees or simply shut down as a result of experiencing relentless German bombing campaigns? The bombing began in London in 1940 and even though over 60,000 people were in fact killed, the British people came together like never before to organize themselves at the community level. The expected mass breakdowns did not materialize the way the government feared. The sense of collective purpose allowed them to function and even experience better mental health that they had before. They were united in the challenge. There were benefits to the adversity.

Acts 16 is a chapter of wins and losses. We will look at the different situational challenges the disciples faced along with the forward motion of the Gospel and how they functioned as a team. Hope to see you Sunday!

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I look forward to seeing you all online or in person tomorrow morning. To help you follow along more easily, I have attached a PDF version of my slides for your use. I hope they will be of help to you.

If you are unable to join us, you can will be able to view the video of this session on our YouTube channel within a couple of days. Also, you can follow the link below to download other studies in the INpowered Discipleship series if you happened to have missed one of our prior studies.

Yours in Christ,


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