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Lots of conversations this week about anxiety after last Sunday’s sermon in Matthew 6. Our focus was on the downward drag that anxiety has on our generosity – and many of you are building on that connection and seeing its impact in other areas of your life.

As you wrestle with this area of sin in your life (and I want to encourage you to attack it from that angle and not just blow it off as an innate part of your personality), let me encourage you to do two things:

  1. Make it Known. Confess this to your friends in your community group and fight club. Be specific. And ask for their help in praying for you and pointing you to Jesus.
  2. Get Trained. Use this page of resources from John Piper on Fear and Anxiety. Read and think and write and take steps away from anxiety as you move towards becoming a person whose faith in Jesus becomes more secure.
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From the Fight Clubs blog at Austin City Life:

  1. Remember Fight Clubs are relationship based. Take some time getting to know potential Fight Club partners and make sure that you feel comfortable to share your struggles with them.
  2. Choose partners that are at the same life stage as you. For instance, Moms and Dads have different struggles than those with out children. It is difficult enough sharing some of the deepest parts of our dark hearts, we need to remove as many potential obstacles as possible.
  3. Be Consistent. The best Fight Clubs are those that meet weekly or at the very least twice a month. Consistency = Commitment. Those that are committed to fight this sin with you will make the time to meet. We have found that if too much time passes between meetings you loose valuable intimacy, and become less effective.
  4. Set Some Rules. Fight Clubs can easily turn in to a gossip session never making the Gospel turn. If one is sharing their struggles the other should be listening with a Gospel filter then sharing Gospel insights. For example: If one is sharing about their struggle with anger, detailing the last time they exploded in anger. The other partner will ask questions like: “Can you pin point what triggered the anger?” “What were the circumstances?” “What lie are you believing when you explode?”

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As you read the Scriptures with your Fight Club, ask the question: what is this exposing in my life (most likely a good thing) that robs my affections for Jesus?

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Leadership Journal interviews Matt Chandler – one question that fits well with what we deal with in Fight Clubs:

LJ: What does warring against sin look like?

MC: Sanctification here at The Village begins by answering two questions. What stirs your affections for Jesus Christ? And what robs you of those affections? Many of the things that stifle growth are morally neutral. They’re not bad things. Facebook is not bad. Television and movies are not bad. I enjoy TV, but it doesn’t take long for me to begin to find humorous on TV what the Lord finds heartbreaking.

The same goes for following sports. It’s not wrong, but if I start watching sports, I begin to care too much. I get stupid. If 19-year-old boys are ruining your day because of what they do with a ball, that’s a problem. These things rob my affections for Christ. I want to fill my life with things that stir my affections for him. After a funeral I walked around the cemetery and found a grave of a guy who died when he was my age. I felt my mortality in that moment and it made me love the Lord. It really did. Some types of epic films do that for me, and so does angst-filled music.

We want our people to think beyond simply what’s right and wrong. We want them to fill their lives with things that stir their affections for Jesus Christ and, as best as they can, to walk away from things that rob those affections—even when they’re not immoral.

Read the whole interview here.

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You should be in a Fight Club – meeting with 1-2 other men or women every week to use the Scriptures to help you fight sin and trust Jesus.

Two ideas to consider as you fight:

  • Every Day – whatever you decide to read, soak it in by reading that portion of the Scripture each day.
  • My Sin – look for patterns of sin and sinfulness in your own life before you use the text to identify those same patterns in other people.

We’re committed to helping you learn to fight. Look for more resources on this blog – if there’s any other questions we can answer about Fight Clubs, leave a comment below or email us at office@c2pca.org.

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Fight Clubs are gatherings of 2-3 men or 2-3 women who fight sin and trust Jesus together. At the heart of our shared struggle and delight is the Bible, which we believe is the primary weapon in our fight.

But the truth is that there are a lot of Christians who rarely read the Scriptures on our own and when we do, we really have a tough time walking away from it with anything meaningful. As Jared Wilson posts, we’ve lost our ability to feel the Scriptures – and offers up this course correction to help us delight in the Bible – and most importantly in the God whose Word is found in those pages:

  • Interpret before you apply;
  • Keep it in context;
  • Make connections;
  • Apply Prayerfully;
  • Look for Jesus.

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Fight Clubs are gatherings of 2-3 men or 2-3 women who study the Scriptures together in order to fight sin and follow Jesus.

One of the most difficult parts of our fight against sin is the need to bring our God-scandalizing patterns of thinking, feeling and action out of the darkness and into the light through confession. Jonathan Dodson explains why owning up to our sin and sinfulness is so hard and how we find the courage to fight:

In response to the Fight Clubs book, I recently received an inquiry about a particular sentence I wrote in the introduction:

“I can tell people my sins because my identity doesn’t hang on what they think of me.”

I wrote up a response, which Boundless published on their blog. In it I argue that most people approach others from one of two places, above (strong pride) or below (weak pride). Self-doubt sets us off in search of approval and pride sets us up for applause. We need something to free us from our search of approval and applause in order to confess our sin. Here is an excerpt and you can read the rest here.

When our identity is hung up on what people think of us, it becomes difficult to be honest with them. Some of us approach others from below, fearing their rejection or disapproval. In order to keep their approval intact, we refrain from allowing them to see the real, broken us. We may not lie to them (though we probably do), but we certainly don’t confess our sin to them. Why? Because we treasure their approval more than we treasure Christ.

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