I love football (soccer)! There is a lot you can learn about Christianity from it. Let’s look at the well-known Wayne Rooney. He can tell you till he is blue in the face how it feels to play for Manchester United or for England. But we won’t ever fully know how he feels unless we are selected and get to play for those teams. Same with Christianity – we won’t know how it feels to be a Christian, living in God’s love – until we step “onto the field” and are in “the team”. Speaking of being on the field – Wayne Rooney would definitely hear the fans cheering him on.

As a Christian, we’re told in Hebrews 12: 1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders… and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” that we too are surrounded by a “crowd.” That cloud of witnesses encourages us to move forward. To do our best. That crowd is our church community.