Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Living By The Gospel, Galatians 3:26-4:31

To illustrate step 2 of the lesson, “Lesson By the Gospel,” (Galatians 3:26-4:31) I will use a couple of analogies of how players come from different teams with different customs to form a new team where the old customs no longer apply.

For example, I played high school football on a very competitive team. Our enemies were other teams in the same district. They practiced, for example, in different ways than we did. Respective offense and defense strategies were very different. Later on, some of us players who were once competitors in high school were on the same local college team. We practiced in new ways from the ways we did in our respective high school teams. We ran a new offense and defense. We were no longer members of teams with different customs. We were now members of the same team with a whole new way of playing the game. Our team was very successful.

That was not the case in a second example I experienced in a business environment. I worked for a very successful computer manufacturer. We competed against other manufacturers. Each of the companies had their own strategies for success. I knew many of the players in the other companies. Later on, while working at a different start-up, hi-tech company, some of those same players worked at the new venture. As a business we failed. Everyone wanted to do things the way they had experienced in prior companies. We failed to adapt and change and do what was necessary to win in a new market environment.

Perhaps you’ve had similar experiences you can draw on to illustrate Paul’s point in Galatians 3:28.

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