J. Gordon Duncan

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Why We Fight

Fight-Club-PlacardFight Club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month @ Sovereign King Church

Recently, Sovereign King re-launched our men’s study as a “Fight Club” branding it so because there we fight for what is important (our relationship with God, our families, our church, our jobs, etc).  We confess, encourage, pray, and struggle.  Now Jonathan Dodson’s “Fight Club” comes along to equip churches, and I can’t recommend it enough.

You can get the book free at http://bit.ly/ooQOE

“There are many things worth fighting for, especially in the church.  Our churches should be filled with fighting – fighting for justice, for peace, for healing, for perseverance, for faith, for one another, and for the gospel.  The problem is that most of us either don’t fight at all or fight for the wrong things.  All too often Christians are either wimps or bullies.  Wimps wuss out of the fight of faith, pathetically following the vain promises of the world.  Bullies beat one another up over petty issues instead of fighting together.  When Christians fight, very few fight in faith for one another.”

We recently added a new element to the SK Fight Club gatherings.  Since what happens at Fight Club stays at Fight Club, I can only share so much.  But some of the things that happen there are general, not personal, and can be shared.  These are some of the things we consider.  For example, if you are going to get in a fight and win, you need to be in shape.  Getting in shape requires discipline.  Fight Club prepares men for the fight.

If you get into a fight without training, you will get your butt kicked.  Even with training, there isn’t guarantee of victory.  You have to know what fight you are in.  As the old saying goes, you don’t want to bring a knife to a gun fight.  At Fight Club, we want to equip men for the fight whether that fight be leading their families, getting a job, being faithful to their wives, being a good student, etc.  To be ready for the fight, you have to overcome bad habits, laziness, and sin, so we have decided to focus our training on three areas:  reading the scriptures, praying, and exercising.

Fifteen minutes of each is sufficient to get started but finding forty-five minutes a day for these things is not easy.  So the challenge goes like this:  pick two of the three disciplines and spend fifteen minutes in them each day for two weeks.

For example, day one can be fifteen minutes of reading the Bible and fifteen minutes of running or some other physical exercise.  Day two is fifteen minutes of exercise and fifteen of praying.  Day three is praying and reading the Bible.  You then just continue through the cycle each day.

Most people, but speaking specifically to men, have problems remaining disciplined because their goals are unattainable or too large right off the bat.  Reading through the Bible in a year is a worthy and noble pursuit, but if you haven’t read the Bible monthly, much less daily, the chances of you meeting that goal are slim.

The idea with the Fight Club challenge is to make the goals both attainable and stretching.  It will take an immense amount of discipline and self-control to do this, but the payoff and readiness for the fight is worthwhile.

As we go forward, there will be more Fight Club challenges, and some of them won’t be things that can be shared on a blog.  My question for you, man or woman, is, “Who is challenging you to be prepared for the fight?”  If you aren’t preparing, you’ll lose.  If you think you aren’t in a fight, you have lost already.

Fight Club is for men.  We meet at Sovereign King Church the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 7:00pm.  Get in the fight. Find out more details at http://bit.ly/49dTR.

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

A Dozen Do-Nots: Writing a Sermon

Dozen-DoNotsA Dozen Do-Nots is part of an on-going series.  You will also find posts about the Dozen from Mike Askew at http://bit.ly/4nnOim.  The idea is to present 12 simple things to avoid in the most practical of areas.

Since I am a pastor, I’ve learned some definite do’s and don’ts about preaching.  With those things in mind, I decided to post 12 things that I have learned about preparing a sermon.  These 12 will probably apply to preparing a Bible study, and a few will apply to giving a talk.  If any of you want to contribute, feel free to add or post.  I hope you enjoy.

A Dozen Do-Nots:  Preparing a Sermon

  1. Do not assume you know the meaning of a text before you start writing your sermon.
  2. Do not assume you are the first person to think of your interpretation.
  3. Do not quote someone unless you give them credit.
  4. Do not ignore the original languages.
  5. Do not practice your sermon more than you pray for it.
  6. Do not only read people with whom you agree.
  7. Do not wait until the end of your sermon to make application.
  8. Do not make yourself the hero of your illustrations.
  9. Do not use your children as examples without their permission.
  10. Do not assume that ground you have already covered has been absorbed.
  11. Do not make the application of your sermon, “Do better.”
  12. Do not preach a sermon without preaching Jesus Christ.

This article also appears at the Raleigh Examiner.

Others in the Series:

Parenting:  http://bit.ly/6yv8T

Running:  http://bit.ly/A6NYw

Making Your Wife Happy – http://bit.ly/Ty5OK

Marriage Communication – http://bit.ly/IERbQ

Church Planting – http://bit.ly/37hAPb

Being Civil to Others – http://bit.ly/4nnOim

Mountain Biking – http://bit.ly/vdZ6

Wrestling with Your Kids – http://bit.ly/BaQff

September 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments