3 Ways Your Church Can Play Like It Can't Lose

Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
— Matthew 16:16-18

Jesus was declaring that we, as His Church builders and Kingdom advancers, are on the winning team. In the end WE win.

This doesn't mean our churches won't...

  • Take their losses along the way
  • Make mistakes
  • Want to quit

It is a provision no other movement in history has; guaranteed victory!

If my beloved Chicago Cubs were told before the next MLB season they were guaranteed victory in the end, how do you think they would play? 

 

Here 3 ways they would and we should:

1. Focus

Don't complicate the commission of your organization. @@You are the Church, existing to make followers of Jesus. Your winning strategy is laid out for you.@@ Are you focusing on it or are you complicating it?

At Mission, we use the 3 values of Reaching, Restoring and Reproducing to keep us focused on our winning strategy.

2. Freedom

How willing are you to take some risks? To add something, change something, cut something for the sake of advancing His Church? Guaranteed victory shouldn't lead us to foolishness but to faithfulness. What are the faith-filled risks you are willing to take as a church?

  • Perhaps invest more money than planned back into your community.
  • Cut things people love, yet are slowing your church down.
  • Make an innovative hire outside the realm of the ordinary church Org Chart.

3. Fun

Lastly, loosen up a bit and laugh a little. If you haven't noticed God has a sense of humor. We've banned boring at Mission. And I'm not talking about fun for fun's sake. I'm talking about making following Jesus and building His Church the most fun and exciting invitation ever! 

No one plays well when they're tense. You won't either.

The Cubs fly a big W flag at the end of every win. What if as you lead your church you played the game as if you believed in the end you'd be waving the same flag?