3 Parts | By: Ed Young
Gameday – Week 1
October 7, 2018
By Ed Young
Every sports team has them. They show up to every game, cheer every play, don the uniforms, and defend their teams with passion. They are the real fans. But fandom isn’t something reserved just for the sports world.
In this message, Pastor Ed Young parallels our response to God with the kind response avid fans have for their teams. Because when it comes to excitement and passion for life, there’s no greater place to display it than the only thing Jesus ever built – the local church!
Gameday! Does anyone in here ever watch ESPN’s Gameday? Anybody watch Gameday? It’s a very popular program. In fact, I feel like I pretty much have breakfast with Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso every Saturday morning. We love to watch. It’s OK to laugh. We love to watch Gameday. And after all, when I’m up here I want to have like a conversation with you. So again, clap. You can go, “Preach it, white boy!” You can go, “All right!” Because you know, if we were at a game, I think we would cheer and this is a game. We have game day as followers of Christ every day and this is part of the big game that we have every week around here. So let’s cheer like it’s game day. I don't know about you but I love to look at the fans against the backdrop of Gameday. The fans, man. They freak me out. They’re so fun, they’re so enjoyable. They do so many outrageous things.
We love to be fans. I mean, you’re a fan. I’m a fan. We’re made to be a fan. We’re fashioned to be a fan. We’re designed for devotion. And it’s so stunning to see how we love to cheer for stuff, how we love to applaud for things. And a lot of us here and in Florida and in Oklahoma and those who are watching online, a lot of us are major football fans, are we not? We love the game of football. We love it! We love it.
My brother told me, he goes, “Ed, wouldn’t it be hilarious if Martians landed one day on planet Earth and they watched us during football season? They would go, ‘Wow. They worship an oblong ball, a pigskin zipped up with air and all these muscular guys are pushing it back and forth on top of green carpet that has white lines through it.’” It’s amazing.
Have you ever thought about that? We love to be fans. We love to cheer for stuff. No one taught me how to do it. I just do it. No one taught you how to do it, you just do it. We are people that are into devotion.
Now the Bible would call this worship, and I’ll talk about that in a little while. We’re made for worship, and I think as you look at the life of Jesus it’s interesting how many times people told Jesus to follow him throughout the New Testament. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, chronicles the life of Jesus. He said, “Follow me, follow me, follow me.” Several dozen times he said “Follow me.”
What does it mean to follow Jesus? What does it mean to do that? Well, it means to enthusiastically devote yourself to someone or something. And when Jesus asked people to follow him, that’s what he was asking and challenging people to do.
Who knows? If Jesus could walk on this stage right here in the flesh, maybe instead of saying follow me, he might say “Become a fan.” Because we understand a fan. And in today’s culture follow is kind of hollow. That’s what people do on social media. They don’t really follow us. “Oh, I have this many followers” or ‘You have this many followers,” but they don’t really follow us. They’re just sort of like, “OK.” Check out what you do, whatever. Jesus might say, “Become a full-on fan.” I think he might say that.
I’ve been thinking about that, I’ve been kind of turning that over on the rotisserie grill of my mind about what it means to be a fan. Have you ever thought about that? You know, I’m gonna warn you about this message. If this is your first time here or your 100th time here, this message is gonna be - I don't know, there’ll be some laughs in this message. It’ll be sort of, sort of some comedy in this message and that’s OK to laugh, right? OK, but also don’t let the comedy fool you because very quickly it will segue into an industrial-strength message. It will segue into conviction right quick, but it will be fun. And it will be funny, but also it’s gonna be foundational and sort of in your grill because later on I think our Savior Jesus is gonna throw a flag in your life and mine. He’s gonna draw a line in the sand and say, OK. Which side are you on?
GameDay – Week 3
“Field of Faith”
October 21, 2018
One of the most valuable aspects of sports is the ability of those involved to evaluate their own performance in order to elevate their game. In this message, Pastor Ed Young looks at the index of involvement in the local church and challenges us all to evaluate where we are on God’s field of faith. Because when we know where we are on the field, we discover just what we need to do in order to reach the next level!
INTRO: You know, it’s amazing how we love to rank and rate football players and football teams. Have you noticed that? People make inordinate amounts of money just looking at percentages and studying how players perform. You have people checking out peewee football players and their development. You’ve got it in high school, the 3-star recruit, the 4-star recruit, maybe the 5-star recruit. And then, of course, in college you have players who want to make it to the NFL and they go through the combine and there’s this complex process where they’re rated on number of tackles and percentages of completions. It just goes on and on. And it’s really interesting, I understand it, because billions and billions of dollars are on the line. We love to rate football players and football teams. Rankings and ratings, we’re all about that. In fact, you could probably say that Fantasy Football is all about that. We really know a lot about that, and I think that’s fine. It’s a cool outlet.
Well, what if I told you that God ranks and rates you and me? What if I told you that eternity is hanging in the balance and our God, our loving God, wants us to see where we are because he sees where we are. Yet, if you’re like me, I have this tendency to overestimate myself. I mean, that’s just me. You know, I think I’m here but in reality, I’m there. So, I just thought today we would go through and look at our rankings, look at our ratings. Whether you find yourself here in gorgeous Grapevine, Texas, whether you’re in Norman, Oklahoma, Miami, Northport, Florida, which is right near Sarasota. If you find yourself at our campus in Frisco, Downtown Dallas, Southlake, Fort Worth, if you find yourself online. I think everyone, when we leave this place, we’re gonna go, OK. I see where I am. I really, really do. Now as I go through this index don’t just shot out, “Oh that’s me! Oh, that’s me! Nailed it, Ed! I crushed that one!” I mean, it’s OK to do that but I would just probably keep it on the DL. Let’s just think about it. But I would appreciate your, you know, applause if you want to. Clap, nod your head, say amen, or say “preach it, white boy!” whatever you want to say because it’s lonely up here on this field.
By the way, does the stage look unbelievable? We have a great bunch of people that make all of this happen. So, let’s just think about, for example, rankings and ratings. Let’s think about it as it relates to football but also as it relates to our spiritual pilgrimage with God. Jesus said in John 4:35, these words. So, when you see this highlighted phrase I want you to say it with me. That means you aloud. But the other I’ll just read. Here’s what Jesus said. If you want to talk about a football field, here’s what Jesus said: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields. They are ripe for harvest.”
We have a field of faith. I mean, it’s God’s gridiron, literally. God wants you and me to take turf, to move the chains, to push the ball downfield. He has a great purpose, a great plan for every single life here.
The first part of this plan that God has, the first aspect of this spiritual index would be represented by this beautiful family. And I think some of you would find yourself in their shoes. This is called the spectator. We have a lot of spectators that show up at Fellowship. And you have to start out being a spectator. So, it’s not bad that you’re a spectator. Don't go, “Oh no. I’m a spectator.” It’s OK! Spectators usually watch people’s lives. They might ask questions. Maybe they’re online and see something about Fellowship Church and they’re like, hey, I’m gonna shot up! The spectators would be the poinsettia and lily crowd. Christmas and Easter. They would show up, I don't know, maybe four times a year. You know? Maybe a family member twists their arm. OK! OK! Maybe they’re going through a difficult situation. They’re just spectating, they’re just checking the things of God out. Some of these people have not made a faith decision. Others of the spectators would be like, yeah. You know back in the day I was involved in church. I was on fire, and now I’m like, you know, whatever. Spectators.
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