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“Just Go Play Golf”

By Don Loftis | 03.04.15

Every two years the best American golfers compete against the best European golfers for the Ryder Cup.  Davis Love III will captain the U.S. team in 2016, as they seek to win for the first time in a number of years.  In fact, things have gotten so bad that the Americans formed a task force to make changes in how the team is selected and prepared.

Recently, Jack Nicklaus questioned the complexity of the issues involved in putting a winning team together.  Arguably the greatest golfer in history said, “We don’t have to do a bunch of things to figure out how to win the Ryder Cup–just go play golf.”  He added, “I’m a little bit too casual, probably, about a lot of things, but you can’t force good play.  Good play comes from hard work and actually being prepared to play, not being forced to play.”

These same insights have great application in local church work.  Studying the “secrets” of church growth and developing an outreach protocol are good, but they will never replace actually teaching the gospel to the lost.  Mission strategies can never diminish the need for volunteers and generous giving.  To be quite candid, the key to group success is the success of the individuals in the group.

When asked what the greatest command was, Jesus simply replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39).  If we want the church to grow, let’s go love our neighbor, teach the lost, and let our light shine.



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