1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” The fact that Satan is looking to destroy us should make us watchful and sober-minded. However, it does not mean that we should live in fear.
THE LORD HAS GRACIOUSLY GIVEN US MEANS TO COMBAT THE WORKS OF OUR ADVERSARY.
1. The Spirit of God that indwells every believer. He is our helper that makes us holy and guides us into truth.
2. The Word of God. When Satan tempted Christ he responded with unashamed confidence in the word of God—“It is written…”
3. The Church of God. Paul writes, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ (Gal 6:1-2).”
THE PURPOSE OF FIGHT CLUBS
Romans 8:13 says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Our purpose in these groups are two-fold:
1) To fight to believe the promises of God (we are told if we do so we will live). Knowing and believing the Gospel promises of God must come first, or else we are just modifying behavior. True and lasting change comes when we wage war against the flesh by the Spirit.
2) To know and fight our sin (what do you struggle with? when do you struggle with it? what’s your surrounding environment when you entertain certain sins?). Failure to know and fight our sin leads to death. “Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death (James 1:15).”
HOW DOES A FIGHT CLUB WORK?
1) No more than 3 people to a group. The group may grow, but in order to remain effective, should multiply into 2 groups if the number surpasses 3.
2) The group should keep focus on the Gospel. Remember, we fight by the Spirit—any other means leads to failure. We do this by applying this grid to our discussion: .
Text: Agree on a common biblical text and commit to read it devotionally as a group. Ask the Spirit to lead you into truth and shine light on the darkness that exists in your heart. The Spirit may lead you to repent of sin, rejoice in a promise, or meditate on an insight. Every time you gather, make the Word of God your focus.
Theology: Work through the verses in your group (in community). Try to understand the central truth of that passage that applies to all people, everywhere, and always. Ask how the person and work of Jesus informs the passage. This is not to be confused with practical application… that comes next.
Life: How does the passage speak to your situation? Share your lives. Be honest about your failures as well as your successes. Challenge one another in having a person in their life that they are actively trying to engage with the Gospel. Pray as a group, asking God to help you trust His promises, as well as asking Him to give unbelievers the same gift of faith. A few elements that should exist in every Fight Club is an environment where Confession, Repentance, Admonishment, and Encouragement is fostered and celebrated.
TYPES OF FIGHT CLUBS
There are two types of fight clubs—peer and mentor. Peer groups focus on brother to brother/sister to sister type relationships, while mentor groups focus on mother to daughter/father to son relationship (1 Thessalonians 2). Whatever the type, you should focus on how the gospel applies to your lives. We also encourage you to reproduce what you learn by multiplying fight clubs after a season in order to spread God's grace to more people.
THE CHALLENGE - START A FIGHT CLUB
You may already be doing something like this, but I invite you to adopt this structure. Fight Clubs are not to be confused with Bible studies, nor are they meant to replace Sunday Morning Bible Study. These are supplemental to the growing life of the mind and can be helpful in ensuring the connection between our heads and our hearts. These groups are simple, biblical, and missional. We avoid legalism and behavior modification by promoting Christ-centered Scripture reading that drives us to celebrate our successes and shed light on our failures. We also avoid sinful license by taking sin seriously and seeking to live by the Spirit, not by the flesh.
REMEMBER, THE AIM IS TO SEE OUR DESIRES SHIFT FROM SIN TO CHRIST. TO DO THIS WE MUST FIGHT FOR FAITH AND AGAINST SIN. FOR EVERY LOOK AT SIN LOOK TEN TIMES TO CHRIST!
1. Read up further on the purpose of fight clubs from Pastor Jonathan Dodson, author of Gospel-Centered Discipleship.
2. Pick some people. Fight Clubs are relationally driven, so pick people you want to go deep with. Start by checking with friends or those in your Sunday School class. Establish an agreed upon level of confidentiality and make the commitment to one another. Without a true commitment to one another, Gospel-Centered Discipleship will always elude us. Once you form your group, or if you need help forming a group, use the form below and we'll contact you!
3. Set a time. The first thing you should do once you set your group is sync your calendars. Without a set time there will always be things that pull you away from what can be a vital catalyst for change in your life.