by Craig Groeschel, from Fight: Winning the Battles that Matter Most
|Welcome to Bible Study of the Week, where each Sunday we provide you with a new and different first session of a video study by popular pastors, authors, and teachers! This is session one of Fight.|
|If you were to write a list of things worth fighting for, what would that list include?
We fight for our job. The fight may be to keep our job, or to advance to the next level.
We fight for our wife and children. We are sensitive to criticism and insults, but if someone tries to harm them, we move into fight mode.
We fight for our possessions. “Don’t mess with my stuff,” seems to be to be the mantra of our day. We even fight for things we don’t really need. They are ours, so leave them alone.
Fight Like A Man
I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who’ve ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. An entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables, slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy stuff we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. —Tyler Durden in Fight Club
Play the video segment for Session 1. Use the outline below to help you follow along with the main points, filling in the blanks in your study guide as you go. Jot down any insights or questions for discussion.
• Men, God created you with a heart of a __________. There are times we must put up a fight, a spiritual fight, where we stand our ground.
• Jesus was full of love, grace, mercy… and He was the greatest warrior who ever lived. In Exodus 15:3, God Himself is called a __________.
• In Matthew 10:34, Jesus acknowledged He “did not come to bring peace, but a ________.”
• “I looked for a man among them who would __________ up the wall and ________ before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found none.” (Ezekiel 22:30)
Two Principles for Being a Warrior:
• Every warrior has a ___________ to fight for. “Don’t be ____________ of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Nehemiah 4:14)
Two Ways You May Have to Fight:
•Sometimes, you throw a ______________ (metaphorically and spiritually — be active).
•There are times when you have to draw your ________, and your sword is the _______ of God.
•Stand against injustice, stand up for the weak, fight in prayer, leave a job that’s hurting you spiritually, or walk away from a woman who is not your wife.
•Sometimes you turn a ________ (which often takes more strength).
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