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Discipleship Training | SELF-CONTROL

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

So far in this series we have taken a look at faith, goodness, and knowledge. You believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You are changing your attitudes and behaviors to be good and do good. You are growing in your knowledge of God and the Holy Scriptures.

Well done! Keep it up!

Now get ready for a real challenge: Self-Control.

Discipleship Training | KNOWLEDGE

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faithgoodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

As we work our way though this list of Christian virtues, we are considering how our discipleship is like an exercise program. If you want to become a better athlete, it is important to train your entire body, not just one specific muscle group. That's why multi-sport athletes are typically more fit and more athletic than single sport athletes.

When it comes to our faith, many of us may be content to "get saved" and then "do good" occasionally. But if we stop there, then that's like going to the gym and only ever doing bench presses. Yes, your arms, chest, and shoulders will get stronger. But you are neglecting the whole rest of your body.

You believe in God. You believe that Christ…

Discipleship Training | GOODNESS

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For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faithgoodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

We saw last time that FAITH is the starting point. Without faith, none of what follows really matters. But what happens after you believe?

It's kind of like a person walking into the gym for the first time. If you've never been in a weight room before it can be overwhelming - all the machines and weights and fit people who are there all the time. You may not know what to do at all or how to use the dumbbells. If you don't have someone to help guide you through, then you could end up frustrated or even injured.

That's a good picture of discipleship. You may have come to faith. You may have been baptized. You may be on fire and ready to go. But...what now?

Peter tells us to add to our faith goodn…

Discipleship Training | FAITH

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FINDING YOUR "WHY"

Before you even begin an exercise or diet program, you have to have some motivational factor. You need to have a reason for making the change. It's been said that a man can overcome any "what" as long as he has a "why." Motivation. Purpose. Goals. These are the starting points.

For me, I want to get in shape so I can keep up with my sons. I have two young, healthy, active little boys. As they get older they are getting harder and harder to keep up with. When we race or play tag or wrestle, I actually have to put in some effort now! Not only that, but I also want to give them a good model for what it looks like to take care of yourself. Am I perfect at it? NO. I've lost track of the number of cookies I've eaten this week. But I'm trying to show them to importance of taking care of our physical health. Finally, I want to be around for them as long as possible. I want to live a healthy life now so I will still be there for …

Discipleship Training | INTRO

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I played football in junior high and high school. I quit after my junior season because of an ankle injury and poor coaching. I do miss it sometimes. But one big takeaway from my time playing football was an understanding of weight lifting.

I no longer play sports regularly (I'm always up for a pickup game of Ultimate Frisbee), but I still believe in the importance and value of weight training and other physical exercise.

We all know, deep down, what we need to do to get in good physical shape. Everybody now: Eat right and exercise! We all know it. But how many of us do either one well on a consistent basis? Yeah, me neither. That's why routines and habits are so important (at least to most of us).

The fitness industry is a multi-billion dollar per year industry. There's always a new diet fad or workout regiment guaranteeing results - EASY, FAST, CHEAP results. But the results "may vary" and definitely won't last. Unless it becomes a lifestyle.

I see a lot of …