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Fight Club - Psalm 37

Fight Clubs create a context for gospel-centered discipleship - studying the Scriptures to find your sin, fight your sin and trust your Savior. Here's a snapshot of one way to take notes for Fight Club during your personal study:

[37:1] Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!  [2] For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.  [3] Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.  [4] Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  [5] Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.  [6] He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

- Psalm 37:1-6 (ESV)

Main Point: Continue to do what is right even when you are being wronged.

Sin Exposed: Stress and envy that doing the right thing is not creating the expected successful outcome that comes to those who cut corners and take advantage of others.

Sin Fought: Continue to do the right thing - empowered by a deepening delight and trust in the God who always does the right thing in his perfect timing. 'Delight in him and he will give what you delight in'

Savior Found: In Hebrews 12:2, we're told to '[look] to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.' No one suffered more injustice than Jesus and yet he pressed forward because of his joy-filled trust that God would vindicate him. For me, this not only serves as an example but creates the confidence to move forward - if God can come through against those odds than surely my situation is not too much for him to handle.

 

 

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Fight Club - Colossians 1

Fight Clubs create a context for gospel-centered discipleship - studying the Scriptures to find your sin, fight your sin and trust your Savior. Here's a snapshot of one way to take notes for Fight Club during your personal study:

[3] We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, [4] since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, [5] because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, [6] which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and growing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth,

- Colossians 1:3-6 (ESV)

Main Point: God works through the gospel to create hope that is expressed in a life of faith in Christ and love for all the saints.

Sin Exposed: Failure to trust Jesus or love those around me is evidence that I have become disconnected from the hope created by the gospel. My failure to love can show up in one of two ways - an unwillingness to extend grace or a failure to bring truth to bear. Both reveal a lost hope and lack of confidence in God.

Sin Fought: Prayer that thanks God for tangible evidences of grace that show up in a life of faith, hope and love. Praying for each other in this way will not only encourage but will be more likely to discover ways in which we abandon the life that God creates.

Savior Found: The hope needed to fuel faith and love is created by the gospel. We thank God for this kind of life because it is something he creates and gives to us as a gift.

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Fight Club - Philippians 4

Fight Clubs create a context for gospel-centered discipleship - studying the Scriptures to find your sin, fight your sin and trust your Savior. Here's a snapshot of one way to take notes for Fight Club during your personal study:

[4] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. [5] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; [6] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. [7] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

- Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)

Main Idea: In moments and seasons of anxiety, God holds out the promise of joy.

Sin Exposed: I get anxious about _______ because I'm worried that ________. This is a problem because anxiety is an attempt to play God and control my situation and circumstances on my terms.

Sin Fought: Confront every instance of anxiety through prayer - owning up to what's going on and asking for help. There is great benefit from praying this way with other people.

Savior Found: On the cross, Jesus took control of every square inch of the universe and has promised to work out all things for my good. Even when I don't  know or cannot imagine something good coming out of a particular set of circumstances, I can press into him knowing that his promise of peace ('all things new') is true and will bring about an unexpected joy that provides the stability and hope that I need.

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