Saturday, January 26, 2013

Awaken Fight Club

The last 12 weeks were an amazing challenge of discipline, camaraderie, time management, and purely Godly perseverance and determination.  Over the last 12 weeks 8 men at Awaken decided they wanted to fight for their themselves, their families, their church, and their communities.  The program is based on the theme verse from Nehemiah 4:14 where Nehemiah proclaimed, "After I looked things over, I stood up and said tot he nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, 'Don't be afraid of them.  Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.'"

This past Sunday Awaken celebrated as men graduated the first Chapter by accomplishing certain disciplines each week and stood along side each other to encourage to finish.  The discipleship program is based on the premise that men learn and grow differently through team work, competition, and male camaraderie as they see growth spiritually, mentally, relationally, and yes physically.  The program came from a sister church in Goshen Indiana and is one of the most powerful tools we have seen used to help guys raise up to the challenge of leading their families and their communities.

The men were given weekly challenges that pertained to all areas of health and were challenged to walk in community with these challenges through squads.  The men accomplished some of the following over those 12 weeks:

1.    Vision for life

2.    Set aside things that hinder

3.    Ran over 500+ miles

4.    5,000+ pushup and situps as a group

5.    Prayed = through house, for spouse, girlfriend, prayer walks, people far from Jesus, their own direction

6.    Reflected on who God says they are

7.    Read = Philippians, James, part of Samuel, Ephesians, Daniel, Proverbs, about Elisha

8.  Scavenger Hunt for wives

9.  Encouraging word to Spouse or Family member

10.  Father Wound

11.  Letter Forgiveness

12.  Memorize Scripture = Romans 12:17-18, Hebrews 12:11, Nehemiah 4:14

13.  Read book John Eldredge "Waking The Dead"

14.  Read and pray to kids

15.  Watch video of other people’s stories

16.  Make their own testimony video

17.  Create Family Memories

18.  Verses on God’s Strength

19.  Write letter to spouse or future spouse

20.  Quiet times with God

21.  Grace Week where rest and grace were reflected on

22.  Thought about cost of discipleship

23.  Why they believe

24.  Shared Faith and Invited.

Chapter One Fight Club Guys

Chapter One Fight Club Guys & Their Families

Dave Hensley Fight Club Guy Giving Away Awards To His Squad

Pastor Mike Giving Out Spirit of Fight Club Awards

Pastor Mike with Two Fight Club Guys Receiving Special Spirit of Fight Club Awards

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