“Tebowing” Is Now An Official Word — What The Church Can Learn From Tim Tebow

Tebowing — What The Church Can Learn From Tim Tebow

Denver Broncos’ quarterback, Tim Tebow, has had a remarkable season in 2011, leading his team to the NFL Playoffs by spearheading several amazing comebacks.  Tim, a sincere follower of Jesus Christ, openly shares his faith in interviews about football.  He also kneels and prays on NFL sidelines.

Tim’s example has inspired world-wide imitation, even producing a new word — tebowing.  (The Global Language Monitor just announced that it acknowledges that the word tebowing has officially entered the English language.)

So what is tebowing?  Tebowing.com defines it this way:  “To get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.”  Tebowing.com founder,  Jared Kleinstein, says:  “Some see it as humor, but some see it as a way to inspire hope and say that it’s okay to pray in public.”

I would like to expand the definition of tebowing beyond kneeling in prayer to:  openly living and expressing sincere faith in Jesus Christ by following and obeying Jesus in everyday life.  Here are some things that the church and 21st Century believers can learn from Tim Tebow:

*  You don’t have to be a pastor/preacher/priest/minister to make a difference for God.  Any believer can have a profound impact, even if only among a few people, if he/she will begin to unashamedly live and express his/her faith.

*  Believers need to come out of their church buildings and find ways to openly follow and obey Jesus in the secular world.  A hurting world needs hope, and faith in Christ is one of the greatest hope producers in human history.

*  Churches should encourage and train people to live their faith, not just in religious gatherings, but also in everyday life.  Rather than making people passive listeners on Sunday mornings, perhaps churches should implement the Bible verse, I Corinthians 14:26, and allow believers to be active participants by letting them share testimonies, words of encouragement, Scriptures, prayers, prayer requests, etc. during church meetings.  This would help people develop the confidence to share their faith in secular environments and help spread tebowing even more.

(If you would like to experience a participatory church meeting and you live in the Nashville, Tennessee area; visit The Salvation Army Berry Street Worship Center, 225 Berry Street, 37207 on Sundays @ 10:45 am. and/or Thursdays at 6:30 pm.)

*  Praying is one of the most effective ways to impact people’s lives.  Sometimes it is difficult to talk openly about our faith, however, praying with people makes it easier.  I have found that if you ask someone:  “May I pray with you?” the majority of people will say, “Yes.”  Then, as you pray with them, the Holy Spirit moves upon them (often bringing tears to their eyes).

So come on church (and believers):  Let’s go tebow!

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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8 Responses to “Tebowing” Is Now An Official Word — What The Church Can Learn From Tim Tebow

  1. David says:

    Great Word Steve!! looking forward to seeing you guys soon 🙂

  2. sherwood8028 says:

    My thoughts on “tebow-ing” are best revealed in a letter to the editors of Time magazine I submitted last week and I quote:

    “Jon Meacham offers us an intriguing insight into the latest in a long list of evangelical superstars and should cause many among us to stop and remind ourselves of a place called Calvary where the concept of Christianity took root.

    Tim Tebow is a nice young man, obviously the pious son of a preacher man who wants all of us to know that indeed, he is a nice young man. That he is also a Christian will be apparent to many, but as he does not disavow the publicity, he hides from our view those Christians who will never be seen this side of glory. My heart goes out to the thousands upon thousands who will never appear in print, but their love for others is evidenced everyday on the “other side of the tracks”, feeding those in need, clothing those with no clothes and all the while, loving the unlovely.

    And so it is in this age while we adore the rich and famous and wonder why fame has no reached out to us as well.”

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  4. Michele Ramos says:

    Amen! I love football and, at the same time, am a huge fan of Tebow! I became a fan when he was in his freshman yr at Florida! (I’m not even a Gator) but when he came in for Chris Leek here and there, I said,” there’s something special about this kid!” The rest is history! Tebow, single-handly, made my faith in God and Jesus stronger! The win against the Steelers was not just a football win, it was a HUGE win for Faith in God! I have never met Tim Tebow, and it proves, that going to church is not the only way to serve God! God Bless him and I thank God for this young, inspirational young man!

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