5/4/14: What Makes Me A Christian? (9)
Can you imagine doing 1,000 push-ups and 1,000 chin-ups in less than 90 minutes? Jack LaLanne, the original guru of personal fitness, set a world record doing that back in his prime. At age 93, three years before his death, he was still working out two hours a day.
We used LaLanne’s example to illustrate this week’s message on spiritual disciplines. While “bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way” (1 Timothy 4:8). We urged students to embrace four spiritual disciplines — the “12:13 Spiritual Workout” — that will help them put off sinful habits and put on godly habits.
1. Read my Bible
2. Talk with my parents
3. Love my church
4. Pray to my Father
Each student received a bookmark with specific tips for each of these disciplines. (Extras will be available at next week’s class for those who did not attend this week.) It’s my hope that the “Spiritual Workout” bookmark will be a useful tool in helping your son or daughter derive maximum benefit from the spiritual disciplines. Rather than give you follow-up discussion questions this week, let me encourage you to look at the bookmark with your student and discuss how to apply these strategies.
This lesson completes our 9-part series “What Makes Me A Christian.” I trust it has been a help to you and your children in evaluating where they stand on the salvation/sanctification time-line. For those who have already experienced the miracle of the new birth, may God help them work tirelessly, by his grace, to grow in their faith. And for those whose hearts are still unmoved by the gospel, may God call them to life and open their blind eyes to the beauty of Christ.
NEW SERIES BEGINS SUNDAY, MAY 11:
“MODERN PARABLES” — A 6-week study of Jesus’s parables retold through a series of short videos.