On May 20th several players and their families from the La Paz soccer club teams, over 150 in all, gathered in Frisco for the FC Dallas match against the San Jose Earthquake. The groups started arriving in the parking lot at 5:30 for tailgating and fellowship. At 6:30, after 150 burgers and 300 hot dogs were consumed, Pastor Juan gathered everyone and stood in the bed of a pickup truck.
From there he delivered a brief but powerful message to remind everyone that this gathering in Frisco and La Paz is about more than soccer, but the opportunity to connect with the Gospel of Jesus and grow in their understanding of Him. In all the night was a huge success despite the fact that Dallas lost in a very close match. Players from Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving, North Dallas and our newest La Paz location in East Dallas were all represented. This was the first time we were able to gather this big of a group from all of our La Paz teams.
This event also serves as great example from the sermon series called “Subversive ACTS” that Holy Cross/Santa Cruz is currently going through. On Sunday, May 14th , I preached on the interaction with Paul and the Athenian Philosophers from Acts 17. Here we see Paul troubled by all the idols and false God’s among them, but not attaching or pointing out the flaws in the people’s beliefs. Instead, he calmly and cleverly builds on and turns upside down their zeal for learning, even going as far as to call them “very religious”, so religious that they would build an idol to an unknown God. Paul went one to make this “unknown God” known by connecting him to the God who made all people, calls us his offspring and shows his justice in raising his son Jesus from the dead.
So whether it’s Pastor Juan from the bed of a pickup truck in front of the La Paz soccer teams or Paul in Athens in front of the great philosophers of his day, we see the Gospel being spoken as it is being built upon what people already have a passion about. What we learn from both is that the presentation of the Gospel of Christ can be subversive in that it can radically change established beliefs all for the better.
In HIS Service,