The Start of My Rookie Season
But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. (Romans 6:17-19 NIV)
Dear Cambridge Family & Friends,
In 1984 Tri-Star pictures released its first movie ‘The Natural’ starring Robert Redford. Redford plays a middle aged former athlete, who had lost his way in life, before coming back as an ‘old rookie’ to lead his team to a championship. The movie is titled The Natural because of ‘the natural’ talent of Redford’s character Roy Hobbs.
As I was reflecting on this incredible week that began with my Cambridge church family calling me to serve as senior pastor and culminating with the privilege to officiate the beautiful Turner-Witt wedding at our church, and my first ‘official’ sermon and serving of communion as pastor, like Redford’s character, I too have some years under my belt, and am a natural.
The difference (other than the very obvious fact that I don’t look like Robert Redford) is that my ‘naturalness’ is not a good thing. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome that we are weak in our natural selves, but he wrote, “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.”
In my case, I have been under Biblical leadership and Godly teaching at Cambridge for almost 30 years. Before that I was mentored and taught about a personal relationship with Jesus by my coach Steve Baker who led my high school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, and before that I accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior when I attended Christian camp with my Baptist youth group. I lost my way in life a few times before coming back fully to serve my Lord, and now as an ‘old rookie’ pastor charged with leading a great team, I believe we can be champions for Christ - winning souls and serving as His ambassadors.
The Apostle Paul also wrote that athletes go into strict training to obtain glory that will fade away, but we discipline ourselves for an everlasting prize. Whether you’re a new rookie in your faith walk or a seasoned veteran, or even a unique combination like me – called to a new ministry opportunity, I want to invite you to be part of the only team that really matters – The Body of Christ.
In Christ alone,
Pastor Win Davis
Cambridge Baptist Church