Football coaches are obsessed with watching film – film of the upcoming opponent, the opponent in the next game. But even more than the importance of watching film is to be sure that every member of the team is clear on the plays in the playbook. And when the team comes together, they are clear on the game plan for performing those plays in a way that brings about success. Because of this, coaches demand that their players be in the team meetings, so they will be very clear on what their role is in carrying out the plays that they have drawn up in that playbook.
The work of the church, though, is far more important than any football game. The team meetings that the church has are weekly Bible studies and worship. Whether it’s in the weekday, or on Sunday, our Bible studies and worship are the team meetings where we come together to study the playbook. And the Bible is the playbook for being on Christ’s team.
Furthermore, just as a football team, we’re going to face opposition. Our primary opposition will be within. It’s called sin. But there will also be opposition from without. Some will be imposters. And who are the imposters? Some will be those who proclaim to be followers of Jesus Christ, but their hearts are more about teaching and doing what they want by watering down the Word of God. And some of the opposition will be outside the church in western cultures called secularism. The mindset is that the present needs of man are far greater than anything out there in eternity, anything that touches religion. But the greatest opposition comes from the devil, our true enemy. He’s far smarter and shrewder than any of us.
This is why we need to know our playbook. The Word of God makes us adequate to face the challenges and oppositions that we are going to face in living the Christian life. Read it. Learn it. You’ll find answers to any opponent that comes your way. It shows us that the key to victory is Jesus.