Biblical team building produces the best built teams because Biblical team building involves practicing what you preach.
The early church was small in number and politically opposed but large in impact. Acts 17:6 records one city’s accusations of them saying they, “… have turned the world upside down are come hither also.”
What made it possible for this tiny band of social outcasts to turn the world upside down? What they did is no secret. They were a team put together and empowered by God.
God’s involvement explains why they were so successful. But their success also involved their participation. What did they do to fulfill their part in the success of the early church?
- They were a team united in cause and purpose.
Acts 1:14 says, These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.”
- They enjoyed spending time together to do God’s work God’s way.
Acts 2:46 says, “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.”
We, in the Lord’s church today, are exhorted to do likewise. Philippians 2:2 says, “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.”
What else did the early church do to build their team and to turn the world upside down?
- They built their team by training others to do the same.
Acts 6:7, “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”
- They humbly esteemed and valued one another.
Philippians 2:3-4, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
- They were kind, understanding, and forgiving toward each other.
Ephesians 4:32, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
- They consistently participated in doing things together.
Acts 2:42, “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”
- They diligently thought about being like Christ.
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
- They followed good role models.
Philippians 4:9, “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
- They were committed to doing God’s work.
Nehemiah 4:6, “So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.”
- They prayed and desired for the spiritual maturity of each other.
Colossians 1:9, “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
- They helped and encouraged others to mature in Christ.
Colossians 1:928-29, “Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.”
- They loved everyone unselfishly.
Romans 12:9-10, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
- They served others to show kindness.
First Peter 4:8-10, “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
- They helped each other to further the work of Christ.
Third John 1:8, “We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”
- They expressed solidarity to support unity rather than division.
First Corinthians 1:10, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
- They did and said things to build their team’s love and work effort for Christ and each other.
Hebrews 10:24-25, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Do you feel the passion of Christ to reach the world? Are you praying for a Biblical team building experience? Let these Biblical principles begin with you, and pray for laborers of like passion.