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Updated: 08/16/2014 08:00:01AM

The Fabric of Our Faith: Metaphors for the church, part 3

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Recent Southeastern Conference college football polls failed to rank the Florida Gators among the top five for the 2014 season. If that poll is on target, the large crowds that regularly attend Gators’ home games won’t be happy campers!

Picturing the sea of fans that flock to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium to root for the Gators, I’ll adapt a quote from Ray Stedman’s book, “The Body of Christ.” Using that phrase metaphorically for the Church, Stedman likens a worship service to a college football game. “Down on the field,” he writes, “there are 22 men greatly in need of rest, and up in the stands sit 80,000 people desperately in need of exercise.”

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