WHAT ARE FIGHT CLUBS?
Fight Clubs are small groups of 2-3 men or women who meet regularly to encourage one another to trust in the Gospel everyday.
Fight Clubs are relationally driven, so there are no sign ups or registration forms. Pick your own Fight Club, and make a commitment to one another. Fight Clubs of uncommitted people simply don’t work.
WHY FIGHT CLUBS?
The purpose of a Fight Club is to:
Come together to encourage each other to live lives of joy, resting in the finished work of Christ.
Fight our tendency to hold anything above the one true God in effort to get the value and worth we desire.
Seek God, mainly through prayer, asking for the Holy Spirit.
God’s Word teaches us to pray, to call on and draw close to our Father. Through His Word, we are encouraged to gather with one another and reminded that this life is a community affair.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
“Come near to God and He will come near to you.”
"See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end."
“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
HOW DO FIGHT CLUBS WORK?
Each Fight Club will be unique. The people in each group will know best what that group needs. Regardless of the format, strive to be Christ-centered, not application-centered.
Prayer: The most important purpose of Fight Clubs is to seek God, and we believe that one of the best ways to engage with God is through prayer. Prayer creates space for us to hear from God and stand with each other as we wait for Him.
Decide, as a group, what the time will look like. Make a point to move beyond simply sharing about your week. Be intentional and focused.
Spend time in prayer for each member of the group.
Leave plenty of time for God to speak. Don’t rush. It’s ok to sit in silence.
Soak. Consider playing worship music. Rest in the words that are being sung over you.
Study the Word: If your group decides to study the Bible in your Fight Club, we recommend using a Text-Theology-Life format.
Text: Each person commits to devotionally read the same chapter (or groups of verses) from a book of the Bible each week. As you read, make a point of asking the Holy Spirit to draw your attention to whatever He wants you to know. The Spirit may be prompting you repent of a sin, rejoice in a promise, or meditate on an insight. Each week when you get together, make the text your initial focus.
Theology: Simply ask the question: "How is the person and work of Jesus seen in this text?" Instead of focusing on what this passage might be telling us to do, instead, look at what this passage is saying about the person of Jesus.
Life: Follow this by bringing in your personal struggles and sharing the work Christ is doing in your life: repentances, areas of sin and idolatry that you’ve noticed. Rather than spending time giving advice or trying to figure out why a person is struggling, invite the Holy Spirit to do His work as you pray for each other.
HOW DO I START A FIGHT CLUB?
Are Fight Clubs for you? If you’re looking for an initial connecting point at Ocean City Church, consider getting involved in a City Group first. If you are already plugged into a City Group and are looking to go deeper, Fight Clubs are for you!
Pick Some People. Fight Clubs are relationally driven, so pick people with whom you want to go deep. Start by checking with people in your City Group.
Set a Regular Meeting Time. One of the first things you should do is establish a regular meeting time. If you don’t schedule a regular meeting time, you won’t meet regularly. Meet once a week or every other week. Allow at least an hour.
Go for it! Let’s never stop encouraging one another to fight for faith in the gospel, for trust in Jesus, for life.