Session 11 | Iron sharpens iron (Final Session)

WEEK 11

Key Scripture:

Luke 28:38 “Go back home and tell what God has done for you. The man went through the town, telling what Jesus had done for him”

Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

James 5:16 “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Hebrews 4:15-16 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

John 10:10 “I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”

Instructions

 

Step 1: 

Watch & listen to the video below:  My Testimony | Elevation Worship

Runtime: 2min 43sec 

1. In the past few weeks, we have learnt that every man has a story, have you told your story to someone the past few weeks?

2. A testimony is very powerful as it can not be taken away from you – it is your experience and story! Start writing down your testimony, not only to retell but for you to be reminded of it.

3. if we look at the Bible, it is a story with other stories woven into it? Do you have smaller stories, testimonies or battles you have overcome, you can retell to encourage someone?

4. Are there battles you know about that still need to be overcome? Are you currently writing these stories? If not, what is holding you back from overcoming these battles?

5. In the song, they sing: “This is my testimony from death to life. Cause grace rewrote my story, I’ll testify. By Jesus Christ the Righteous I’m justified. This is my testimony.  This is my testimony.” 

Has their been a time or date where you can say you went from death to life?

Do you understand what it means to be Justified by Jesus Christ?

Do this before you go onto Step 2.

PRAY THIS PRAYER;

Holy Spirit, today I want to invite you to help me write or tell my story. Show me how to do it, as well as show me your part in my story. I pray away any sin of shame to withhold the testimony of what you did to change the path of my life. Today I declare that I am justified by the righteous power of Jesus Christ and that this statement makes me free to retell and rewrite my story the way you intended it to be.

Amen.

Step 2: 

Watch the video below: Wild Life Session 11A | Bringing the right ingredients!

Write it while you watch it so you don’t forget it.

Runtime: 13min 57sec 

7. Jay brought all the right ingredients but like Jason said, probably because he brought the wrong ones at some stage in his life! Was there a time or occasion in life where you “brought all the wrong ingredients to the table or even the wrong table”? Did you learn from your mistakes? Share a story.

8. Jason tell us our family history, past and even our mistakes make up the ingredients of who we are. But happens if your recipe has all gone wrong? Have these ingredients flopped (leaded to emptiness, addictions, failure) your life in some way and how did you get unstuck?

9. Are you maybe still stuck in some way? Do you know how to get unstuck?

10. Can you relate in some way to Clay’s tory about his addiction. Are you maybe addicted to something you do not even think is a problem?

11. Do you think even small, “harmless” addictions can become a foothold for the enemy to trip you later on somehow? Have you experienced something like this before, where you did not even see something coming to haunt you, but it did?

12. Name a few other addictions or habits you think we can allow in their lives, that may become a problem later on.

13. Is there someone you know that has a habit or addiction they are not aware of that can turn really bad, especially when not expected?

14. Are you hiding a habit, pattern or addiction from the people around you, that may turn on you or trip you someday?

15. Is this habit, pattern or addiction somehow “bringing relieve” to you in some way? Clay said he turn to “meds” to numb the pain, feel better or escape. Can you relate?

16. With which guy or guys story did you relate more in this session? Jason – Ronnie – Trey – Will – Clay – Jay – Tony. Why?

17. Have you won the battle over a habit, pattern or addiction? How did you do it? Was it won permanently?

18. Tony says that it is more important to be committed to the process of overcoming your battle otherwise you will give up after stumbling. Do you agree? Do you have ideas or practical tips on how you can be committed to overcoming a habit, pattern or addiction?

19. Do you know what is triggering your habit, pattern or addiction? Is the trigger something that can be resolved?

20. What do you think about Jason’s trigger: HALT? Are there any triggers you can add to the list? Maybe you know about a trigger they do not mention in their conversation.

21. What “adventures” do you think helps you stay away from the bad habits, patterns and addictions? What has helped you?

22. Have you adopted any bad habits, patterns or addictions from you family, siblings, wife or previous generations? Are these adopted bad habits, patterns or addictions still part of your life? Do you want be free of them or did you accept: “this is they way we are”? Do you know how to overcome or break free of them?

HOW TO BREAK FREE:

– Take ownership of your bad habits, patterns or addictions. Stop blaming someone else.

– Discover who you are in Christ and who he is in your life. Pray and ask for help.

– Confess your sins. Pray with others. Declare that you want to be free and will be. Remind yourself that you are a new creation in Christ.

– Put the necessary plans and steps in place to get free.

– Protect yourself.

– Have grace for yourself, God has grace for you.

– Tell someone. Get a male accountability partner. Be accountable to that person. Ask them to pray for you.

– Be honest when you fall or trip. Get up and start over again.

– Keep record of your progress in some way.

– Keep things private, only sharing with people you trust while in the process.

– Get professional or medical help if needed.

– Step up. Be Authentic. Be the man God created you to be.

– You are not fighting yourself, but the situation, habit, pattern or addiction.

– Find an adventure to replace the bad habit, pattern or addiction.

– Search or dig for the root or trigger that is causing the problems.

– Deal with the root or trigger.

– Do not replace one bad habit, pattern or addiction with another.

– Get healthy: spiritually, physically and emotionally.

– Get into a men’s group – share, learn and participate.

– Make new friends, change your environment if needed.

– Start reading good books, listen to uplifting music – like Worship Songs.

– Read, meditate and study the Word.

– Do not attempt any of the above with partnering up with the Holy Spirit.

– Trust the process. Know there will be other attacks as we have an enemy lurking around.

– Share your story afterwards if you can. It may change or save someone else’s life.

Step 3: 

Watch the video below: Wild Life Session 11B | Iron Sharpens Iron!

Write it while you watch it so you don’t forget it.

Runtime: 22min 12sec 

23. Looking back to 12 weeks before and up to now, how has your journey been? Has there been valuable times or information you have learned or rediscovered again?

24. Can you relate with the last recap session stories above? Which story or situation stood out for you?

25. After doing this course in a small group setting with other men, can you agree that iron sharpens iron? Will you attempt doing a course like this again? Will you share your experience with other men?

26. Do you have a story to tell?

27. We would really like to hear from you and would like to encourage you to send us a short (or long if you would like to) testimony if this course had some kind of impact in your or someone else’s life. Send it via email @ lcf@mensministry.co.za

Share your story please! 

28. NB – check out our next course below – coming to you in February 2021: Samson | Think you’re strong?

Step 4:

INVITATION TO SAMSON COURSE | STARTING 5 FEB 2021

LCF Men’s Ministry would like to invite you to our next series Samson: Think You’re Strong?

This course starts Friday, 5 Feb 2021 AND Monday 8 Feb 2021.

Normal costs are R50 per person, if you register today the course will be for FREE. Feel free to invite a friend to. for more info and pre-registration go to: More Info – Register Here

Samson Course is 5 sessions presented over 5 weeks:

  • The course will be presented at LCF Church, Vanderbijlpark in person, unless Covid-19 restricts us to do so, then the course will be presented online like with Wild Life Series.
  • If you would like to start a men’s group remotely and present the Samson course at your own church, place of work, or private group, please inform us.
  • We would also like to host a online group for men living remotely from the Vaal Triangle. If enough men are interested, we will host such a group online, Friday mornings at 5:45am. Interested parties to please email us in the meantime at lcf@mensministry.co.za 

To register for your free access to Samson Course: Click Here – Register Here

Step 5:

Connect with your group and group leader on WhatsApp for a last time. Update them on how things are going. If you have need or prayer requests let them know.

Make sure you have week 11 discussion link and chat password. Get this from your LCF Group Leader.

Do not talk outside the group – mutual respect builds strong friendships and good character.

Come prepared & expectant – especially spiritually. Let the Holy Spirit work!