2/2/2020/ Super Bowl! Jerry Rice! And Reaching the Unchurched
One day Lamar Hunt, the man who started the American Football League and owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, came across one of his daughter’s toys called a “Super Ball” and was given in that moment the inspiration for the name of the championship game between his upstart AFL and the old guard National Football League. “Why not,” he wondered, “call our championship game the Super Bowl?” The name caught on quickly and thus, an American tradition was born.
Some of you will remember the 1989 MVP of Super Bowl 23: Jerry Rice. There is an interesting story about him. He was the longtime star for the San Francisco 49ers, considered one of the greatest receivers in the history of football; he played for the 49ers for 15 years, 1985 to 2000. He is a famous athlete and you would think he came from some legendary college team but he didn’t. He played for Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, Mississippi, a virtual unknown. He was once asked, “Why did you attend a small, obscure university like Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi?” Rice responded, “Out of all the big-time schools (such as UCLA) to recruit me, MVSU was the only school to come to my house and give me a personal visit.” The big-time schools recruited through cards, letters, and advertisements, but only one came to meet him and showed Rice personal attention.
It makes a difference in this world to meet people eye to eye and invite them to be a part. As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, the scriptures say, he saw Simon and his brother casting a net into the sea. He approached them and invited them to be a part. He went a little further and he saw two more brothers: James and John. He went up to them extending the same invitation and they followed. It is the personal touch which attracts us; is it not? Cards and letters are nice and they’re meaningful but they can only do so much. And advertising is so impersonal. But a shake of the hand and a personal touch, it makes the difference. How can we reach others for Christ? And do it with a personal touch?
I believe we can do it by…
- Meeting people where they are.
- Personalizing our approach.
- Finding our calling.
Let’s reach out to our visitors and to the unchurched of our community.
Your Pastor & Friend,
Pray for me this week: On Monday I will be teaching on the subject, The Vision and Purpose Statement of a New Church Start at the Church Starting Center sponsored by the Texas Baptists. On Tuesday, I will be interviewed by a Journalist from Texas Baptist Life. They want to interview me about starting a Church to reach people group of 60+.
Two More Building to look at Friday, February 7:
10:00 AM: We will look at a possible location for our church to start meeting at. It is located at 3823 Old College Road. This building is on a street right behind JCody’s.
11:00 AM: We will look at a Building @ 1104 University. (It is really 1105 University but it in the back of the building at 1104 University) Keep Praying.
Thanks Debra Klepac for organizing our meal today.
Bible Study Opportunities: Sunday @ 9:00 a.m.-Brazos CenterTuesday @ 10:00 a.m. @ Red Sea Rules @ Blue Baker Wednesday: Meal @ 5:30 p.m. Bible Study @ 6:00 p.m. @ Suites on 6
- How do you join the Country Fellowship Church?
On the Welcome Table, you will find a Green Sheet. Take the Green Sheet and fill it out and drop it into the Bucket or bring it to the Pastor. After the Green Sheet is filled out, Pastor Charles will give you a call and visit with you.
- How do you give to the Ministry of Country Fellowship?
On the welcome table you will find offering envelopes. Put your check or cash into the envelope and drop it into the bucket. Each January you will receive a Contribution Statement that you can use with your tax return.