The 2005 movie, Coach Carter, is based on a true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter (who is played by Samuel L. Jackson). The real life coach made headlines in 1999 for benching his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results. He was enforcing a disciplinary contract required them to attend all of their classes, sit in the front row, wear dress shirts and ties on game days, refer to everyone as “sir”, and maintain a 2.3 grade point average.
Eventually, one of the best players, Timo Cruz, is kicked off the team. When he comes back to the gym asking to be reinstated. The condition: 2,500 push-ups and 1,000 suicide drills… by Friday!
When he returns to the gym, he comes up just short. This is where we pick up with a short clip from the movie.
How did that affect you? How did your heart respond?
Stirs something within us. How would it have felt to have been Timo Cruz? Have others want you so much that they will sweat and sacrifice. Do your work! Struggle together, triumph together.
Obviously, that a picture of the gospel. Where Jesus runs our suicides and does our pushups to reinstate us to the family of God.
But it also is a picture of how God designed the church — to function like a team that is totally committed to each other.
- It is the difference between a team and a pick-up game where guys show up sometimes, but not always. Teammates.
- The same thing is true in the church. Diff between attendance and membership.
- We also see this when we compare and contrast dating and marriage. Using that analogy, one author titled a book on this subject, “Stop Dating the Church.” 🙂
There is a saying, “You get OUT of something what you put INTO it.” Physical training. Academics. Relationships like marriage, being a parent or just friendship. At some point, we have to be ALL IN.
This is what formal membership in a local church represents. I’m ALL IN. We see the impact of this dynamic in the local church in Acts 20:17-38.