I’ve always heard that the difference between a good football player and a great football player is HEART. Heart . . . the love for the game, love for the team, and love for the other players. It takes passion, determination, focus and sacrifice motivated by a love of something somehow bigger than yourself.
Thanks to our younger son, I have grown to have a great appreciation for the game of football. I didn’t always understand it. Even now, I don’t always understand it . But I’m gaining a better idea of what all the terms, plays, and positions mean. Oh, a while back I was thinking about the terminology. I was thinking about heart, and I was thinking about how football could kind of be like the church and I thought. . .Hey! What if we talked about church stuff the same way we talk about football stuff? So here are just a few of the things my little brain came up with. I call them:
Ms Dawn’s Top Football Terms for the Church
In football it is a free kick that puts the ball into play.
In church it is the word used to describe any new event, sermon
series or program–as in we are about to kick off our fall
2. Drop Kick—
In football a drop kick involves a player dropping the ball and then
kicking it when it bounces off the ground
In church this is what members want to do to the pastor when he
goes into overtime on a Sunday morning.
In football to punt means a kick made when a player drops the ball and
kicks it while it falls toward his foot. Usually during the 4th down when
the offense must surrender the ball because it couldn’t advance 10
In church it means . . . what you do when there is a blizzard, your
computer breaks down, you’re short on nursery workers, and the
video in the back room refuses to convert all in the same week.
In football this is simply throwing the ball from one player to another.
In church this is what members usually do when asked to serve in the
nursery, children, or student ministry departments.
In football this when the ball thrown is caught by a member of the other
team allowing them to take possession of the ball working down the
field towards the goal.
In church this is when a member of the church is caught by another
member of the staff and asked again to serve in either the nursery,
children’s or student ministry departments.
6. 1st and 10—
In football this term signifies that the team with the ball is making their
first attempt to move the ball 10 yards.
In church this term signifies the starting place God expects us to us when
returning what is already His stuff to Him. Give 1st and Give 10.. . %
7. Tight End—
In football, this is an offensive player using the combined skills of a
lineman and a wide receiver to both block and score.
In church this is a problem seen as people in the pew/chairs refuse to
move towards the center of the row.
8. Time Out—
In football this term signifies an intentional break in the game for players
and coaches, to rest, regroup, and refocus on the game. Each team gets 3 in each half of the game. It is rare for a team not to use all their time outs.
In church this term signifies something God asks us to do together as a
team, generally on Sundays, to rest, regroup and refocus on Him.
Each person is to have one day per week to meet together to
Worship Him, but unlike football, it is rare for people to regularly use
their time out.
9. Take a Knee—
In football when one team holds a slim lead over its opponent in the final
seconds of a game and that team has possession of the ball, the quarterback may drop to one knee after receiving the snap . . .
preventing their opponent from gaining advantage and winning
In church this practice is not always used to its best advantage, but also
allows a team to hold on to its lead, preventing their opponent
from gaining advantage.
In football a safety is a score worth two points that the defense earns by
tackling an offensive player who has possession of the ball in his own
In church safety is the assurance that comes from knowing that we are
bound for heaven because we have put our trust in Jesus to take
away our sins, cleanse us through the waters of baptism, and give us
His Spirit so that we are being transformed to look more and more
like Him every day.
In football, the goal is the chalked or painted line dividing the end zone
from the playing field. This line must be crossed in order to score a
In church the goal to know God and make Him know, surrendering all we
want for all He wants and giving Him the glory He is due. (2 Cor. 5:9)
Philippians 3:7-14.. . But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.