*Adapted from Austin City Life
A key way to grow in your faith is to go deep into discipleship with a few other people. Jesus did it. The Wesleys did it. C.S. Lewis did it. Maybe you should do it?! Fight Clubs are small, simple groups of 2-3 men or women who meet regularly to help one another fight for faith in the gospel. Steer clear of religious performance and spiritual indifference by centering your faith in the gospel.[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] The goal of Fight Clubs is to repent from sin, rejoice in Christ, and reproduce disciples.[/pullquote]
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
There are two types of fight clubs–peer and mentor. Peer groups focus on brother to brother/sister to sister type relationships, while mentor groups focus on mother to daughter/father to son relationships (1 Thess 2). Whatever the type, you should focus on how the gospel applies to your lives. We also encourage you to reproduce what you learn by multiplying fight clubs after a season in order to spread God’s grace to more people.
HOW DO I START A FIGHT CLUB?
Go over this document: Fight Club Teaching
If this is not helpful, we recommend either reading Gospel-Centered Discipleship or here is a free PDF of Fight Club.
We recommend discussing portions of either book in your first few meetings. For instance, if you don’t follow Text-Theology-Life but do Life-Theology-Text, we’ve found people never get beyond talking about life to the guiding counsel and power of Scripture. Here are a couple articles to get you started.
Pick Some People
Fight Clubs are relationally driven, so pick people you want to go deep with. Start by checking with people in your Gospel Community. Establish an agreed upon level of confidentiality within your group. Make a commitment to one another. Fight Clubs of uncommitted people simply don’t promote gospel-centered discipleship.
Set a Regular Meeting Time
One of the first things you should do is sync your calendars for a regular meeting time.If you don’t schedule a regular meeting time, you won’t meet regularly. Meet once a week or every other week. Allow at least an hour.
Remember, fight for faith in the gospel. For every look at sin, look ten times at Christ!
If you are having problems with your fight club or getting into a fight club, contact your GC Leader first. Then if problems continue to persist contact firstname.lastname@example.org.