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Week 08 Study | The Good Fight of Faith

The Apostle Paul used several metaphors to describe the rigor of the Christian life. He likened it to a boxing match (1 Corinthians 9:26), a race (1 Corinthians 9:24; 2 Timothy 4:7), a wrestling match (Colossians 1:29–2:1), a soldier who pleases his commander (2 Timothy 2:3, 4), an athlete who plays by the rules (v. […]


Week 08 Application | Want to Pick a Fight?

“Fight” sounds like a strange command for Christians. Didn’t Jesus say, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9)? Didn’t he tell us to love our enemies?  But some fights need to happen. Some causes are too important to ignore. The same Jesus who pronounced blessings on peacemakers also stated that love makes us lay down our […]


Week 08 Study Questions

Use one or both of these questions to introduce the lesson: 1. List some of the conflicts in which the U.S. has been involved over the years. For each situation you listed, try to name a reason for entering a war or other action. Why do you think people in those times thought those causes […]

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Week 08 Mission | Leading Well

“What is your primary leadership role?” I ask this question at the beginning of every Leadership class I teach and generally receive a wide range of responses. Some students point to a supervisory role at work, but more often than not they choose a volunteer leadership role at church, a youth sports league, or community […]