The game of basketball has been set up to be played on a 97 foot court, with the free throw line 15 feet away from the backboard. The net is 10 feet above the court and has an 18” diameter. These standards ensure that the game of basketball is played amidst the standards set forth by the NBA, NCAA, Olympics, and other governing sport bodies. Without these standards the game would be changed and would not have the same credibility, honor, or prestige that the NBA Championship, or Team USA has enjoyed within the sport. Standards can be raised, but more often than not they are lowered. This would put the court out of regulation, and would limit the game or players on the court.
God has a standard. He has a goal. His kingdom is that goal. Yet many men have lowered His standard and then congratulated themselves for being able to dunk the ball. The results of a low standard on the court affect many more people than just the men playing. They affect us all. They start locally, spread regionally, grow nationally, and destroy culture around the world. Just look around our homes, churches, communities, and globe to discover that men – maybe even most men – have missed the goal to live as Kingdom men.
Over the next six weeks we will be looking into the concept of what it means to be part of God’s kingdom. Husbands, wives, fathers, mothers and children will learn about the biblical standard God is calling men to within the home. The standard by which women should long for, children need, and men are constantly trying to achieve is God’s standard.
August 28 - October 2, Thursday nights at 6:30p in the Music Suite