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Warrior Class #4

On Saturday mornings, men in our church gather for “The Warrior Class.” It’s a simple breakfast, simple (one principle) lesson, and simple mini-group discussion. If you missed this week’s lesson, or want to revisit the principle again, here’s what we covered:

Principle: A godly warrior fights alongside brothers-in-arms.

Passages: 1 Samuel 18:1-5, 19:4-7, 20:16-17 & 23, 20:41-42, 2 Samuel 1:25b-27 

Knowing: Warrior brothers share in need, defend each other from evil, honor their word.

Do I have men in my life that I completely trust?  Who?

What fears need to be conquered for me to trust other warrior brothers?

Believing: I cannot make it alone; the Gospel proves this and enables this.

Do I believe that I need godly men in my life?  Why or why not?

What does Jesus’ death and resurrection means for our relationships with each other?

Doing: Warrior brotherhood is based on love; we put each other before ourselves.

In what ways do I share what other warrior brothers need?  In what ways do they share with me?

What is one thing I can immediately do to build trust with another warrior brother in life?

Bonus: Read and discuss the verses below.

Proverbs 18:24

Proverbs 17:17

Proverbs 27:17

Ephesians 2:11-22

Each week we report back with success stories from applying the lessons. Feel free to comment below, too.

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Warrior Class #3

On Saturday mornings, men in our church gather for “The Warrior Class.” It’s a simple breakfast, simple (one principle) lesson, and simple mini-group discussion. If you missed this week’s lesson, or want to revisit the principle again, here’s what we covered:

Principle: A godly warrior fights with his life.

Passages: 1 Samuel 13:19-22, 1 Samuel 17:40, 48-50, Ephesians 6:17-19, Hebrews 4:12

Knowing: Ordinary lives empowered by the Holy Spirit are Gospel weapons.

Do I usually see human weakness as God’s opportunity? Why or why not?

Do I tend to see God’s Word as ancient & dead or living & active?

Believing: The weapons God gives are adequate because of Jesus.

Do I have doubts that Jesus has secured victory for me?

What area of weakness am I struggling to surrender to Jesus?

Doing: A godly warrior is disciplined in prayer & Bible reading.

How are my disciplines of prayer & Bible reading? [Do I lead my family in this?]

What ordinary things of my life can I commit for God to use?

Each week we report back with success stories from applying the previous week’s lesson. Feel free to comment below, too.

Warrior Class #1

Warrior Class for men

On Saturday mornings, men in our church are gathering for “The Warrior Class.” It’s a simple breakfast, simple (one principle) lesson, and simple mini-group discussion. If you missed the first week, or want to revisit the first principle again, here’s what we covered:

Principle: A warrior must know whom he fights for.
Passage: 1 Samuel 17 (see especially v.26, 37, 45-47)

Knowing: Jesus is King; we submit to Him and are loyal to Him. Jesus defeated evil, sin, and death. He fights battles I can’t win.
Do I see Jesus as a conquering King? What doubts do I have? Am I loyal to Him in every way? Do I answer to Him? Do I ask Him for instruction?

Believing: I need the Gospel because I want to be king; I need forgiveness. Jesus gives this forgiveness; He is a king worth fighting for. Real manhood means trusting Jesus as King.
Why do I want to be my own King? What fears cause this? Have I surrendered to King Jesus? Have I asked for His forgiveness? Do I believe Jesus is a King worth fighting for? Whose approval matters most to me?

Doing: A warrior looks for areas of life that lack loyalty. He brings all under his responsibility and influence into war mode. Real manhood means discipline. Real manhood means sacrifice, just like the King we follow.
(Hands) What areas of my life display loyalty to Jesus the strongest? How am I showing loyalty to Jesus in front of my wife? How am I showing loyalty to Jesus in front of my children? What areas display loyalty to Jesus the weakest? What changes do I need to make immediately? What habits need to change/end/begin to better receive instruction from King Jesus?

Each week we’ll report back with success stories from applying the previous week’s lesson. Feel free to comment below, too.

Man Fail

On Saturday, Josh Cousineau met with over a dozen men from our church for breakfast.  As part of our 2011 Missions Conference, I asked Josh to speak on the topic “Your Home Is a Mission Field.”  He walked us through some great application while laying a solid biblical foundation.  Here is a brief overview of where he led us, including some of my own reflection:

Genesis 1:26-27, 2:21-23

Adam is given authority and responsibility as a leader.  He was called by God to provide and protect (shepherd).

Genesis 3:1-6

Adam fails in that calling as he stands idly by while his wife is led astray.  This is the manifestation of sin.  We either stand idly by or domineer and oppress.

Romans 5:12-21

We tend to act like the first Adam; we relinquish our calling as the leaders of our home.  But Jesus, the second Adam, broke the bondage of sin and offers hope for a better way!

Ephesians 5:25

Jesus gave us the perfect example as He made the ultimate sacrifice for loving his ‘bride’ – the church.  We are called to do the same, but this is only possible as the Holy Spirit works in us.

Philippians 3:8

Everything else should be counted as rubbish (hobbies, sports, etc.) in comparison to following the call of Jesus.  (There is no excuse for knowing more about your favorite sports team than about your wife or children.)

Josh went on to challenge us as men to live out this calling as husbands, fathers, and grandfathers (and one about-to-be great-grandfather).  He did a great job of describing the incredible influence that men have in their homes and families, including the role of grandfather.  I was most challenged by the way he shared his own frustrations and failings to live out this call.  I’ve also failed when I’ve set expectations too high and then, in frustration, given up because things didn’t go the way I thought they should.  (I can just hear the guys saying to each other, “That’s so first Adam, dude.  That’s a man-fail.”)

Josh encouraged us to press forward and adjust our expectations rather than abandon the call.  For example; rather than give up because we couldn’t pull off a 10-minute bible lesson with our young children, be grateful for the 3 minutes (or even 1 minute) that we had together.  And then do it again next time.  Consistency over time to worship, pray, and instruct will bear fruit teaching our kids to know and treasure Jesus.  Simple, yet profound counsel.  No more excuses.

If you were there, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you heard.  If you weren’t, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I described above.  Men: How have you failed or succeeded to live out your calling?  Ladies: How do you feel about husbands and fathers embracing this calling?

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