There’s nothing worse than being part of a team where one member tries to do things by themselves or refuses to cooperate. Imagine if the quarterback of a football team never passed the ball to the other players, or if one member of a group project at school slacks off in his or her responsibilities. In each case, the whole team suffers!
But when a team comes together as a unit and everyone contributes, then we can do things we could never accomplish on our own. Check out the way these geese come together as a team:
Share this brief video [2:01; stop at 1:39]:
Lessons of the Geese – The Art of Teamwork
There’s no way that the geese could have flown as far or as quickly if they traveled on their own. Of course, this is a video about animals rather than people—but it makes a good point!
- Have you ever encountered a problem you couldn’t solve on your own? Did you seek help from others? Explain what happened after you found help. (Allow students to share; be prepared to share your own experience to get the conversation going.)
- Have you ever witnessed other people having a problem that required teamwork to solve? How did that team work together? (Accept all reasonable responses.)
Encourage your students to consider some of the teams they have observed or have been a part of. Examples can range from movies to sports to day-to-day activities like work and school. Have your students share the various teams they are involved in.
- What were you trying to accomplish in each of the teams you’ve been involved in? (Answers will vary. Some might mention that they were trying to win the championship or that there was a specific goal such as a school team project assignment.)
We see teams doing amazing things all the time. The Avengers joined forces to save the world. The Kansas City Chiefs came together to win the Superbowl. Groups of passionate entrepreneurs collaborate on world-changing projects all the time. And it’s no accident that we work best when we are working alongside of others—God Himself created us that way!
Following Jesus is also a “team sport.” And we are still a team even when we can’t meet together physically. God places us in the Church so that we can be supported as we seek to obey and worship Him in all we say and do. Today we are going to take a close look at what the Bible says about God’s Team.