Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Red Zone

Don’t look now, but it’s here!

In the church calendar, there are a couple times a year that are crucial, times when everything comes together—or everything falls flat. I call them the Red Zones, six-to-eight-week stretches in the Spring and Fall when guests are most likely to visit our church.

In the Spring, the Red Zone is March and April. In the Fall, it’s from the first of October to the middle of November. It’s the time when we have the opportunity to impact the maximum number of lives for Jesus.

Last year about this time God led us to set some audacious goals and embark on some seriously scary mission opportunities, looking ahead to this Fall’s Red Zone.

Well, it’s here and the goals are in sight.

And what do we need to do? One of my favorite sayings is “Pray like everything depends on God and work like everything depends on you.” And that’s not just smoke. God tends to answer the prayers of those committed enough to go all out for Him.

So pray and invite your neighbors. Pray and do your ministry to the absolute best of your ability (and if you’re not involved in ministry, volunteer this weekend.) Pray and tell everyone about our iCampus that debuts in October. Pray and go the extra mile to make sure every guest feels like they’ve found a new home.

Football fans will tell you that how a team performs in the Red Zone is a great indicator of whether the team will win the game. Since our church started, we have a history of rising to the challenge of each Red Zone.

Let’s do it again and see what kind of victories God has in store for us this year.

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