The fight you are in....within
The moment you became a believer, you became a member of the "FIGHT CLUB." And, the fights are spiritual, relational, and real! So, you had better learn how to "fight right" and "win." Join us this month at Mission Point as we train to fight against our spiritual enemy and learn how not to fight and make enemies of our family and friends. Whether you are just entering the ring, on the ropes, or going down for the count, this practical, biblical, relational, and research-based series will give you the tools you need to become "more than conquerors" in Christ.
THE 8 RULES OF FIGHT CLUB
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.”
1 Timothy 4:8-9 (NLT2)
THE RULES FOR CHRISTIAN FIGHT CLUB:
The 1st Rule of Fight Club - Don't fight.
“...do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also. If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too. If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles. …“You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:39-45a (NLT2)
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.”
Luke 6:27-35 (NLT2) ,
The 2nd Rule of Fight Club - Accept one another.
“Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval.”
Romans 14:4 (NLT2)
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”
Colossians 3:12-14 (NLT2)
The 3rd Rule of Fight Club - See & celebrate the good in others.
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
Philippians 4:8 (NLT2)
The 4th Rule of Fight Club - Don't avoid unavoidable conflict.
“A time to be quiet and a time to speak.”
Ecclesiastes 3:7 (NLT2)
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT2)
The 5th Rule of Fight Club - Go directly, privately, & respectfully to those involved.
“If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen, take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector.”
Matthew 18:15-17 (NLT2)
The 6th Rule of Fight Club - Share your complaint softly.
“The tongue can bring death or life...”
Proverbs 18:21 (NLT2)
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”
Proverbs 15:1 (NLT2)
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT2)
“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.”
James 1:26 (NLT2)
The 7th Rule of Fight Club - Listen more than you speak.
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”
The 8th rule of Fight Club - Go for the Win-Win
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:3-11 (NLT2)