“TEAMWORK FOR BEST RESULT” By Pastor YAU
November 21, 2004
Although the compounded word “teamwork” is relatively new in
everyday use, the idea or practice of team work is not new at all.
Both the Bible and everyday practice have a lot of examples on the
importance of people working together for greater results. The Scripture
quotation above is a good example of well organized teamwork between God, the
Church and individual Christians working together to spread the gospel in the
first century world. (Please read the passage before reading the article.)
IN TEAMWORK: In this first
planning session of world evangelization, God, the Church in
God, the STAR of the team: (13:2) God, through His Spirit, initiated
the missionary endeavor. He is the first cause of the team. He moved and chose
people to do His work. (John 15:16) He called Paul, and others, to be His
servants, or apostles, to spread His salvation message. Without God, the First
Cause, no one in any teamwork of missionary adventure will bear any fruit.
The Church at
The PEOPLE in the Church: (13:1)
People in the Church of Jesus Christ are called by God, (Rom. 1:5-6) they are
fellow workers with God in the building of God’s House, the Church. (I
Corinth. 3:9) If the people in a
church are unwilling to work for God, there will be NO teamwork and therefore,
IN TEAMWORK: The quality of
the people who involve in teamwork for God’s cause determines the degree of
results. Better the people, better the results.
The Leaders: (13:1) Prophets are the equivalence of pastors in today’s
church and teachers are leaders. These are the key people of the church. They
are the frontline people of any teamwork or any endeavor, mission or others.
Leaders set the tone of the church. They hold the line of how far the church
may go or achieve.
The Gentiles: Lucius
The NOBLES: Manaen,
a man raised on the same dining table with Herod, (the Tetrarch) was also part
of the team. He must be rich, well educated, belonged to the high society. Yet
he participated actively in the team of missionary sending. Today, some still
feel that people with exceptional background, high education or rich with
money or talents are too much for God’s work. How far we have departed from
the principles set by God in His early church.
The Youth: John Mark,
(13:5, 13) was the junior member of the team. He must be young, knowing
nothing what to do, but he was with a fervent heart and was part of the team.
He later left the team because of hardship, but he had Barnabas as his mentor
to coach him, to give him a second chance and had become an important part of
the first century missionary endeavor. Young people in any church needs to be
active in God’s teamwork, be it in the church or out to somewhere. They are
the future of God’s work.
FOR TEAMWORK: (13:2-3) No
teamwork may achieve desired results without proper preparation. Here are
things they did before they started:
Spiritual Preparation: Worshipping
the Lord is an act of seeking a close relationship with the Lord.
It means learning, studying and practicing His word. These are all
foundational preparation all need to have in teamwork with God.
Prepare with Prayer: This
is a symbol of seeking and searching the will of God when doing teamwork. This
is also a sign of humility. Seeking God and His leadership in any endeavor is
the foundation of success.
Commitment Time: Laying of
hands in a commissioning service is a symbol of commitment both the sending
and the sent. Both sides are committed to follow God’s plans in their
mission journey or anything else. Commitment is an important element of any
enterprise to bear results.
OF TEAMWORK: (13:2-5) The
phrase “PURPOSE DRIVEN” has become popular after books written by Rick
Warren. But the importance of
purpose was there for thousands of years. Clear purposes set the goals for
GOD HAS CALLED: (13:2)
Teamwork in God’s church can only bring results to glorify God when the
purpose is set by God. All
purposes of man or from man should not be included in God’s teamwork.
FROM CALL TO ACTION: (13:3, 4) The team was
sent to work. To be moved by the Holy Spirit is not that hard. To obey the
call and step out to work is. Too often, we have the move in heart, but not
enough move in our hands and feet.
HIS MESSAGE: SALVATION: (13:5) While we all
agree on the importance of meeting physical needs of the people, the supreme
purpose of God’s call is to save souls through the proclamation of the
gospel message in the Lord Jesus Christ. The ultimate need of man is his
relationship with the eternal God through Jesus Christ.
The Bible has set before
us a pattern of TEAMWORK. The
example in Acts 13 was the pioneering success of missionary enterprises. How
much do we know the parts, the people, the purpose and the preparation will
determine how much we may achieve for the in His call.