This is lesson 3 of 4 in the Last Words sermonlink series. See also the kids edition of this lesson.

Most of us grow up with the unrealistic expectation for an easy and comfortable life. At some point, usually sooner rather than later, that dream is shattered and everyone has to come to grips with the reality that life is hard, really hard. As the Italian Stallion,  Rocky Balboa said, “Nobody hits harder than life.” The Apostle Paul was a fighter. And if you read the New Testament you will see that the apostle Paul was constantly called upon to fight, just as you and I will be.

A Call to Fight

Now the truth is, there are good fights and not so good fights. We are not talking about engaging in a stupid bar fight between two drunken idiots or a road rage fight where people foolishly lose their tempers. We are talking about fighting for something that really matters, something deep and valuable. We are talking about fighting for your relationship with Jesus that has repercussions in this life and the life to come.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

It’s a fight about trusting Christ and living in full confidence of him. It is about believing that God will do as he promised in your life.

It Is Impossible to Be a True Follower of Jesus and Not Be a Fighter

Many Christians want this life to be a breezy walk in the park or an easy stroll by a calm lake or letting others fight and battle, sweat and suffer for the victory. But that is not how spiritual victory is won. If you want spiritual victory in you life you have to fight for it!

[Related: Good Morals Don’t Save You, Jesus Does]

How to Be a Winning Fighter in the Fight of Faith

There are three things you have to do if you want to be a winning fighter.

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Think about a boxing match. Jesus is your trainer and  your corner man in the spiritual fight. You have to keep your eyes focused on him and do what he says if you want victory.

Hebrews 12:2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

Embrace the Reality that God Fights With You and For You

One of the most encouraging things about God is that when you wage war and fight the good fight of faith- God is there fighting with you and for you.

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the Lord your God is going with you! He will fight for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!

[Related: The Power of Easter]

Find a Band of Brothers or a Group of Gal Pals

There is no other way to say it, you can’t win the fight of faith by yourself. We were never meant to fight this battle alone. Winning the good fight is a team thing- not an individual thing. It is a family thing- not a solo thing.

Hebrews 10:24-25 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

A Band of Brothers/ Gal Pals do so many things for us: Who are your Band of Brothers/Gal Pals? Finally, winning the fight is assured when we trust Christ and live confidently in his power and presence.

[Related: Serving God in the Assembly of His People]

 1 John 5:4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

You may not feel like you are much of a fighter and you many not feel like a warrior for God, but take heart, “every child” of God defeats this evil world.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. Would you describe yourself as a lover or a fighter and explain why.
  3. Rocky Balboa said, “Nobody hits harder than life.” Why do you think he said that?
  4. Read Proverbs 3:5. Do people place more trust in God and the Bible or do they trust their own opinions or the opinions of others more? Please share your answer.
  5. Why do you think it is impossible to be a true follower of Jesus and not be a fighter?
  6. Read Hebrews 12:2. Share why you think it is so important to keep you eyes on Jesus.
  7. Why do you think Deuteronomy 20:4 is such an encouraging verse for you?
  8. Read Hebrews 10:24-25. Why do you think it is so important to have a Band of Brothers/Gal Pals in your life?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.