Fight Club Resources

At Coggin, we believe in the necessity of the church, each other, for the Spirit-filled life that Christ has redeemed us to walk in. This is why we are encouraging everyone to get plugged in to a Fight Club. These are small groups of 2-3, men with men and women with women, who come together for a two-fold purpose: to fight for faith and against sin. Click below to learn more.

After you've chosen your group and set a meeting time, you might be thinking, "What next?" When you come together, remember the grid for discussion is Text-Theology-Life. The best course of action is for your group to pick a book of the Bible and read through it.

When you come together, ask questions that try to unpack the Gospel truths presented. What is being said about God? What attribute of God is being highlighted here? What is being said about man? What does this say about our sin, our plight, and our redemption? How does this foreshadow, display, or unpack the person and work of Jesus Christ? These are by no means the limit, but when we talk about Gospel truths, we mean those things that pertain to all mankind and are centered on the the Good News of Jesus Christ.

As you discuss these things, you ask questions that pertain to your specific situation. How do the truths presented here speak to my struggle with sin, my victories, or my trials? What is the Spirit calling me to believe about God and His word? What is the Spirit calling me to believe about myself in light of Him? What conviction is the Spirit working in my soul? 

As you voice your struggle with sin, be specific. It simply isn't effective to say, "I struggle with sins of pride." What particular sins do you entertain? When do you entertain those sins? Why do you believe you entertain those sins? What Gospel promises are you actually rejecting when you entertain those sins? How is Jesus better than the sins we entertain.

Satan is crafty in that he appeals to our desires—so when we discuss our sins, we must get to the root cause, not simply the fruit that hangs on the limb that's connected to the trunk that springs from the root. 


SUGGESTED MATERIAL

We understand that you may need some guidance along the grid of Text-Theology-Life, so here are some suggested materials that we will add to as we become aware of more.

1) The Bible. I realize that this may sound like a given, but it's so easy for us to move quickly from the Bible to a study or commentary on what someone else has to say about the Bible. Spend the bulk of your time chewing on the passage that your group has agreed on. A good study Bible with Gospel connections and theological notes would be helpful. The ESV Study Bible is an excellent choice. 

2) Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson. Pastor Jonathan is the one who gave us the vision for Fight Clubs and helped us think through some of the biblical, theological, and philosophical points of discipleship. This book would add more understanding regarding where we (the leadership) are hoping to lead our community.

3) Know the Bible Series by Crossway Publishers. These are 12 week studies done on various books of the Bible that aren't meant to be commentaries, but pointed discussion questions on the theology and application of the books. Because they are 12 weeks in duration, they are more focused on big picture and broad brush glances at the books they cover. 


Remember, these groups are meant to be simple. God has freely given us his Spirit, His Word, and His people to help us fight for faith and against sin. If you will keep these core tenants as the foundation of your Fight Club, then your group will fight well. Fight for one another and point each other to Jesus!

 

Fight Club

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 disciple 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.

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