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Have you ever trained for something? (A sport, a competition).  Have you ever worked really hard to accomplish something? (A project, a goal).

What was it you did?

Why did you train and work hard?


1 Tim 4:7-8 Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

What do you think it means to be godly?

Do you think many Christians think about “training” themselves to live for God? Why or why not?

What do you think Christian training looks like? What would you do?

How does training for godliness have value in this life and the life to come?

Think about it

PJ says: Training > Trying
We don’t try to be a Christian and live for God, we train for it.  What is the difference between training and trying?

Another way to think about it is: Discipline > Desire
I may desire to be free of a sin. It is different for me to have discipline to overcome.
I may desire to be close to God. It is different to have the discipline to pray and read my Bible.
Is there an area in your life where you have desire to change, but haven’t had the discipline to see it through?

1 Corinthians 9:27 – I beat my body and make it my slave.
Have you ever felt like a slave to your body (desires)?
What do you think it means to beat your your body and make it your slave?