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The Warrior’s Character


You can learn to perform the actions of a Christian disciple and still not have a vibrant relationship with God. Why? Because performing well can give you the impression you are doing well. Performing well makes you look good on the outside. Godly character is formed on the inside. Character is what makes you do the right things, think the right thoughts, and say the right kind of words even when no one is observing your life. After becoming a new creature in Christ, God expects you to develop a nature, personality, and moral fiber that reflect a right relationship with and thereby live a biblical based life in public and private.
The purpose of this bible study is to help you form the right kind of character as you grow in your walk with God and develop brotherhood with other men. It covers twelve essential areas:


        1. Live by the Spirit - Galatians 5:1-26

        2. Pursue Holiness - 1 Peter 1:13-2:3

        3. Practice Godliness - Ephesians 5:1-21

        4. Imitate Christ’s Humility - Philippians 2:1-18

        5. Acclaim Christ’s Supremacy - Colossians 1:15-29

        6. Be a Godly Man - 2 Timothy 2:14-3:9

        7. Do The Right Thing - Titus 3:1-15

        8. Love Like a Man –1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13

        9. Develop Proper Relationships – Ephesians 5:21-6:9

        10. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus – Hebrews 12:1-29

11. Reside In God’s Will - Romans 12:1-21

12. Watch Your Tonuge – James 3:1-18


As a disciple of Jesus Christ, you need to develop godly character. The more time you spend with God, the more your character will reflect the attributes of Christ.

1. Live by the Spirit - Galatians 5:1-26


The Bible describes the sanctifying work of God’s Spirit using the metaphor of fruit. The Holy Spirit produces fruit in the Christian’s life. Only God’s Spirit can produce this fruit. The process of sanctification begins when men become true believers and continues throughout their lives on earth. Sanctified men produce the fruit of the Spirit and crucify their old, sinful nature. All men should know that fruit of the Spirit is behavior manifested from God’s presence and convictions. Works are an effort done to accomplish something. The flesh produces dead works; the Holy Spirit produces living fruit.





Objectives


  • Share with another person principles on bearing spiritual fruit

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • List the fruit of the Spirit and work on bearing spiritual fruit

  • Memorize Galatians 5:22-23





Education


  • Assign the The Warrior’s Character Live by the Spirit Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss Bible study application on bearing spiritual fruit

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Discuss the difference between doing works and producing fruit

  • Share personal example of bearing spiritual fruit

  • Share Scriptures on bearing spiritual fruit that lasts Malachi 3:11; John 15:16







Evaluation




      1. Pursue Holiness - 1 Peter 1:13-2:3


God begins a sanctifying work in men through the power and presence of His Holy Spirit. God continues sanctification by revealing to men their sinful behavior. Sanctification is the process of being made holy resulting in a changed life-style. Pursuing holiness is the removal of principles, habits, and dispositions that reflect a man’s depraved nature. Like old garments, sin must be taken off and new godly behaviors put on. Taking off “sinful garments” is a way to pursue holiness. Putting on “godly garments” is a way to practice godliness.







Objectives


  • Share with another person principles on pursuing holiness

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize 1 Peter 1:15-16





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Pursue Holiness Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss Bible study application on pursuing holiness

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Discuss the difference between pursuing holiness and practicing godliness

  • Share personal example of pursuing holiness

  • Share other Scriptures on pursuing holiness Hebrews 12:14; Deuteronomy 7:6; Romans 6:14; 1 Timothy 2:8; 1 Peter 1:16

  • Have him read Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges







Evaluation


  • Shares the importance of putting off the old self

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes 1 Peter 1:15-16 by memory






      1. Practice Godliness - Ephesians 4:17- 5:21


Practicing Godliness is a discipline that focuses upon devotion to God and is central to living a well-grounded life. It supposes knowledge, veneration, affection, dependence, submission, gratitude, and obedience to God. Men need to work at increasing their daily practice of godliness in a world that hates God. Practicing godliness is putting on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.






Objectives


  • Share with another person principles on practicing godliness

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize Ephesians 5:8





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Practice Godliness Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss Bible study application on practicing godliness

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Discuss the difference between pursuing holiness and practicing godliness

  • Share personal example of practicing godliness

  • Share other Scriptures on practicing godliness 1 Timothy 2:2, 4:8; Colossians 3:12; Ephesians 4:24

  • Have him read Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges







Evaluation


  • Shares with others the importance of practicing godly behaviors

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes Ephesians 5:8-10 by memory





      1. Imitate Christ’s Humility - Philippians 2:1-30


Jesus is the supreme example of humility. He is divine by nature but did not selfishly demand His divine rights. Instead, He gave up the glory of heaven to become human. He did not seek royal treatment but took on a servant’s role. “For the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). He obeyed the Father’s plan and died so men can live. All godly men work at becoming more like Jesus by having the same servant attitude as Christ.






Objectives


  • Share with another person principles of Christ like humility

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize Philippians 2:3-4





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Imitate Christ’s Humility Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss Bible study application on humility and servant hood

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share personal example on being humble or humbled

  • Share other Scriptures on developing humility Matthew 23:12; Proverbs 11:2; Ephesians 4:2







Evaluation


  • Shares the importance of growing in humility

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes Philippians 2:3-4 by memory





      1. Acclaim Christ’s Supremacy - Colossians 1:15-29


Christ is the supreme being of the universe. He is the image of the unseen God through whom God created the world. He is Lord over all, and all creation is united to Him. He rules the church and has reconciled creation to God the Father. Through the saving power of the gospel, men can experience Christ’s supremacy. For mature disciples, there is no greater cause than to help men grow in their experience with Christ. Disciples help other men become godly under Christ’s supreme leadership.







Objectives


  • Share with another person principles on who Christ is

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize Colossians 1:18





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Acclaim Christ’s Supremacy Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss Bible study application on the supremacy of Christ

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share personal example on how you have grown in recognizing the supremacy of Christ

  • Share other Scriptures on the Lordship of Christ Matthew 6:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Revelation 5:9-14







Evaluation


  • Shares principles on acclaiming the supremacy of Christ

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes Colossians 1:18 by memory





6. Be a Godly Man - 2 Timothy 2:14-3:9


Men have a tendency to like a good fight. In the early church, people also tended to like arguing. While having an honest debate can be healthy, God’s Word clearly indicates men who enter into godless chatter will become more ungodly. The point is this: if men spend time acting ungodly, they will develop more sin and problems with their life. If men spend time working on godliness, they will develop a more Christ-like character. Studying and applying the Scriptures is the primary medium for developing godly men.







Objectives


  • Share with others the importance of being a godly man

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize 2 Timothy 2:24-25





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Be a Godly Man Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share personal experience and blessings from living life as a serving man of God

  • Share other verses on being a godly man Ezra 7:10; Ephesians 1:13; James 1:18







Evaluation


  • Shares principles on being a godly man

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes 2 Timothy 2:24-25 by memory




  1. Do the Right Thing – Titus 3:1-14


God places His men where He wants to use them for His kingdom. Christian men are to live as representatives of God in an ungodly world. The way men respond to those in authority over them is one way the world will know Christian men are different. The only reason for godly men to protest, or exercise civil disobedience, is when something clearly violates the laws of God.







Objectives


  • Express to another person the importance of living a life of integrity

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize Titus 3:8





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Do the Right Thing Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss his Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share examples from your own life on living by principle versus by circumstance

  • Share other Scriptures on the importance of doing good and living a life that pleases God Ephesians 2:10; Romans 13:1-7







Evaluation


  • Shares the importance of good works and responding correctly to ethical situations

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes Titus 3:8 by memory






  1. Love like a Man - 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13


Most Christian men are extremely poor at demonstrating biblical love to others. Jesus is the perfect example of a masculine form of love. Love should be the goal for all relationships and the foundation for all ministries. Programs, processes, and activities mean nothing if love does not motivate them. Love is a consistent attitude of personal humility and devotion to the good of others.





Objectives


  • Express to another person principles for demonstrating love as a godly man

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 13:4-7





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Love Like a Man Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss his Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share examples from your own life when you failed to demonstrate God’s love

  • Share examples from your own life when you excelled in demonstrating God’s love

  • Share other Scriptures on the importance of demonstrating biblical love 1 John 4:7-12; Matthew 5:43-48; Romans 12:20







Evaluation


  • Shares principles of biblical love

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 by memory






  1. Develop Proper Relationships – Ephesians 5:21-6:9


God’s Word stipulates standards of proper conduct on how men should relate to others. The apostle Paul provides instruction for three types of relationships: husband and wife, children and parents, and employer and employees. All three require an attitude of love and sacrifice for the benefit of others.






Objectives


  • Share with others the importance of having relationships based on God’s design for His people

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize Ephesians 5:21





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Develop Proper Relationships Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss his Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share personal examples on maintaining biblical relationships to those in your sphere of influence

  • Share other Scriptures on having godly interpersonal relationships Romans 12:9-13; Ephesians 5:21







Evaluation


  • Shares principles on relating to others as a man of God

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes Ephesians 5:21 by memory



  1. Fix Your Eyes on Jesus – Hebrews 12:1-29


No one likes to endure difficulties in life; however, this is how God builds into a man’s character. Storms are turbulent and in the midst they do not always appear beneficial. God’s discipline is designed to lead His people back to Him, build faith, and prepare for the future. Jesus is the ultimate example of a disciplined life. During all of His persecution and troubled times He lived an obedient life. Christian men need to bear up under trials and to keep going especially when the going is tough. When God calls His men to a life of kingdom soldiering He expects His soldiers to express thanks and properly worship no matter what their situation or experience. It takes a committed man to constantly fix his eyes on Christ, honor God, and obey His Word.







Objectives


  • Recognize that all trials and problems are by design helping him focus on Christ

  • Studies God’s word on the subject

  • Memorize Hebrews 12:12





Education








Mentoring


  • Discuss his Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share other Scriptures on the subject

  • Ask him how he is doing at applying God’s word?







Evaluation


  • Shares with someone else the concept and or the way God is working in his life

  • Completes his assigned Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes Hebrews 12:6





  1. Reside in God’s Will - Romans - 12:1-21


This section of Scripture contains two themes for individuals who want to live in God’s will. One is to be a living sacrifice and the other is applying Christian love. The world is constantly trying to mold Christian minds. To be a living sacrifice requires mental transformation. Minds are transformed by spending time in God’s Word and presence. When men grow in the process of renewing their minds, they learn how to be responsible members of Christ’s body. Godly men need to apply God’s will in three areas: view people appropriately, use their gifts as God intended, and demonstrate Christian love.







Objectives


  • Express to another person the importance of living a godly life as part of knowing and residing in God’s will

  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Memorize Romans 12:2





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Reside in God’s Will Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss his Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share examples from your own life on residing in God’s will

  • Share other Scriptures on knowing God’s will John 4:34; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Proverbs 12:15; John 14:28; Psalm 119:105; Matthew 7:7-8

  • Have him take a gifts assessment and help find the right place for him in the body







Evaluation


  • Shares principles for knowing God’s will

  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills Bible study application

  • Quotes Romans 12:2 by memory





  1. Watch your Tongue – James 3:1-18


    God’s man impacts other people through the use of words and sentences. Unfortunately, words do not always build up the listener. All too often words hurt and wound rather than help and heal. Words should please God including those used in anger and in arguments. With a few ill-chosen words a man can destroy his reputation, severely damage his relationships, and stop any potential impact for the future. God’s wisdom saturates life with qualities that cement good relationships with other people.







Objectives


  • Create an application from the Bible study

  • Take measures to guard his words and speech

  • Memorize James 3:9-10

  • Put guards in place to help control the tongue





Education


  • Assign The Warrior’s Character Watch your Tongue Bible study







Mentoring


  • Discuss his Bible study application

  • Review Scripture memory verse

  • Share failures as well as victories of when you applied the principles from this study

  • Share other Scriptures on this subject







Evaluation


  • Completes his Bible study

  • Fulfills his Bible study application

  • Quotes James 3:9-10 from memory

  • Quickly seeks forgiveness when speaking inappropriately





Summary

In this section, you acquired knowledge and experience regarding the pursuit of holiness and practice of godliness. You should be able to:




  • Bear spiritual fruit

  • Remove sinful habits and patterns from your life

  • Practice godly behaviors that glorify God

  • Acclaim Christ is Lord as well as Savior of your life

  • Be a godly man in an ungodly world

  • Do the right things at home, at work, and in your community

  • Demonstrate biblical love to believers and non-believers alike

  • Look to Christ for forgiveness, guidance, and discipline

  • Develop godly relationships at work, at home, and in the community

  • Seek and reside in God’s perfect and pleasing will for your life

  • Build solid relationships by controlling the tongue and seeking to apply godly wisdom

Bearing spiritual fruit, pursuing holiness, and practicing godliness are life-time goals for the serving man of God. Make them part of your everyday life, the rewards are eternal.




Going Forward

We live in a lost and dieing world. Jesus looked upon the masses and felt compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. If our world is to change, it will change because committed disciples of Christ are faithful to live their lives before their neighbors, coworkers, and family members. Out of a solid relationship with God should be an outpouring of His love for people.


When Jesus looked down on the multitudes, He felt compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:37). Today’s world is no different. People are still harassed and helpless. As such the world, the flesh, and the devil keep them living in darkness (Isaiah 42:6-7; 2 Corinthians 4:4). If men truly care about their friends, family, and coworkers, they will share their faith in Christ.
The next section gives an overview of how the early church grew through witnessing and what issues they faced as the ministry grew. It contains knowledge and skills to train men in effectively sharing the gospel of Christ with those who are within their sphere of influence as well as dealing with a few critical issues. Men who follow Christ are to free people who are held captive by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Through evangelism and witnessing men, women, and children are set free from the power of darkness (Isaiah 41:6-7).

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