At our last Gospel Fight Club we discussed that the only road to Christian maturity and Godliness (a biblical term synonymous with Christ-likeness and holiness) passes through the practice of the Spiritual Disciplines and over the heavy terrain of life. We emphasized that Godliness is the goal of the Disciplines, and when we remember this, the Spiritual Disciplines become a delight instead of drudgery. We talked about the Doctrine of Discipline:
- The Mandate of Discipline
- The Monotony of Discipline
- The Mistake of Discipline
- The Motive of Discipline
“The Spiritual Disciplines are those personal and corporate disciplines that promote spiritual growth. They are the habits of devotion and experiential Christianity that have been practiced by the people of God since biblical times.” Donald Whitney
So far we have studied our identity in Christ and how the gospel informs our understanding of biblical masculinity. We have spent months defining what is biblical masculinity and how do we define it. In the next stage of biblical development as men we will examine the Spiritual Disciplines of:
- BIBLE INTAKE – Mission Completed!
- JOURNALING – Mission Completed!
- SACRIFICE – Mission Completed!
- ENDURANCE – Mission Completed!
- RISK – Mission Completed!
Remember that whatever the Discipline, it’s most important feature is its purpose. Just as there is little value in practicing the scales on a guitar or piano apart from the purpose of playing music, there is little value in practicing Spiritual Disciplines apart from the single purpose that unites them (Colossians 2:20-23, 1 Timothy 4:8). That purpose is Godliness and the glory of God for as we are told in 1 Timothy 4:7 to discipline ourselves “for the purpose of godliness”. The Spiritual Disciplines are the God-given means we are to use in the Spirit-filled pursuit of Godliness. Many times when the idea of “spiritual disciplines” are mentioned, it carries the idea of “pick yourself up by your boot straps and suck it up”. (Which by the way only leads men to failure and frustration!) But we will study these precepts from a clear understanding that it is only because of our union “in Christ” and through the power of the Gospel that they become a reality. It is Christ in you the hope of glory… This is true “Cross Training”. It’s sometimes ugly, difficult, time-consuming, and costly but critical to our performance as men of God!
Men, friends… brothers it’s time to get your big boy pants on and get ready to fight!
Until Then Run With Purpose!
James Hinton John 10:10