Don’t Waste the Superbowl

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  • January 28, 2014

My football season ended on January 4. My last memory was a field goal by Shayne Graham of the New Orleans Saints for 32 yards to clinch a win over the Birds. That was painful. And though the pain of that loss still lingers, I can’t help but watch two inferior teams duke it out this Sunday at the Superbowl. I won’t be alone. It is predicted that well over 100 million people will be tuned in for the game this year. Whether it’s for football, the commercials, or Bruno Mars, everyone’s excited for Sunday night. It should be great.

Seven Mile Road, don’t waste the Superbowl.

What a great opportunity this will be for us to connect with old friends, make new ones, and live out the gospel in community and on mission. Here are 7 practical ways for our GCMs to enjoy this year’s Superbowl with intentionality:

  1. Be a host. Don’t worry, hosting doesn’t need to be overly laborious or expensive (see #2 & #3). If your GCM is large, consider splitting up the group and hosting several parties… make it fun as well as manageable.
  2. Make it a potluck. What’s a party without great food and drink? Volunteer to bring in your favorite dish or beverage. Go all out!
  3. Plan to come early and stay afterwards. Help make the evening enjoyable for the host by offering to help set up and clean up.
  4. Invite thoughtfully. Don’t just invite the regulars. Reach out personally to people in your life that you want to get to know, or even someone that you haven’t spoken to in years.
  5. Consider serving dinner beforehand. The game only starts at 6:30, but invite people over earlier for dinner. Provide folks with opportunities to connect with each other before eyes get glued to the television.
  6. Be present. Enjoy the game, but also enjoy one another. You’ll have plenty of time to talk football, but make it a point to engage and get to know your guests.
  7. Pray. Use these next several days to ask God to use even something like the Superbowl as a means to share the gospel through your words and deeds.

Sure, it’s not the Eagles, but it’s still football, so enjoy!

 

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About Binu Abraham

Binu lives in Willow Grove, PA with his wife, Sherin and two children (Sarah & Liam). He serves as a pastor at Seven Mile Road Church and primarily oversees the development of its community groups (GCMs). Born and raised in Philadelphia, he hopes to see his city being transformed by Jesus and His gospel. He also hopes to see all four of Philly's sports teams win a championship before he dies.

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