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THE RELIGION CORNER: Work as a Team — It's Biblical

Lyndia Grant | 9/11/2013, 3 p.m.
Lyndia Grant

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. — Proverbs 27:17

None of us are strong in every area. Some of us are gifted as preachers but not gifted as counselors. Some of us are strong leaders but not great at details. Some of us are good at building relationships yet we’re not strong managers.

And that’s actually good. If you were good at everything, you wouldn’t need the rest of the Body of Christ. Your church needs every member involved in ministry – not just you.

Good teamwork is necessary in all areas of life – our families, our businesses, our communities. Paul reminds us in Romans 12 that bodies don’t function well unless they work together.

Neither do churches. Your congregation needs to work together as a team. Here are some specific passages to remind us as church members to work together with one another:

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12: “Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it’s just too bad, because there is no one to help him. If it’s cold, two can sleep together and stay warm but how can you keep warm by yourself. Two men can resist an attack that would defeat one man alone. A rope of three cords is hard to break.” (TEV) We are better together than we are on our own.

Nehemiah 4: When the Israelites were rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem, the work got tough and they became discouraged. Finally, they just gave up. So Nehemiah reorganized the work into teams. Half would stand guard with their spears and swords and protect everyone. The other half worked. Then they’d alternate their positions. He posted everyone by groups and families, so they could encourage and support each other.

Mark 6:7: When Jesus sent people out in ministry; he sent them out in twos. He did not expect them to minister alone.

Acts 24: Paul specifically mentions seven people who were part of his ministry team. He brought others along, not only to train them, but also to keep him encouraged.

Have you noticed how much easier it is to when your group works together in harmony? Things are always much smoother! It’s scriptural. When the scripture says “iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” it’s referring to how much sharper one man will be when he or she has help from others.

Barbara Streisand wrote about it this way, she said, "People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world."

I believe the Christian life is something that requires teamwork. We need to watch out for one another if we're going be all that we can be for the Lord. We need one another.

Are you aware of the "one another" verses in the Bible? Take a look at this statement:

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” Romans 12:5

How many times have you and a church friend prayed together and said, “Let’s touch and agree” yet your prayer never materialized, nothing’s happening. If we would pray as we should, we’d pray in accordance with all the Bible teaches on prayer, not just on the basis of one isolated text.

One key word in this scripture I must point out to you, is “two of you agree” – this includes lifestyle, like minds, like behaviors. Be careful who the person is, with whom you choose to pray. Is that person saved? Do they at least try to please God, are they trying to live by His commandments?

If you take the time to search the scriptures, you will find many that pertain to teamwork, read them for yourself. And pledge to work in harmony with your team.

Lyndia Grant is an author, inspirational and motivational speaker, radio talk show host and columnist; if you would like Lyndia to serve as facilitator for your retreat or special event, call 202-518-3192. Tune in Fridays at 6 p.m., to the radio talk show, 1340 AM, WYCB, a Radio One Station.