I‘ve been a pastor for the last 25 years, and of all the messages I’ve given over the years – and I’ve preached more than a thousand – there’s one topic that I keep coming back to, and it’s why I’ve launched Train Yourself Ministry.
I think one thing that needs to be shored up in the faith-walk of many a follower of Christ is a commitment to growing in personal and spiritual discipline. I say that because as I look around the church I see way too many believers whose Bibles are gathering dust, who give in too easily to things like porn, who can’t name one friend of another skin color, who don’t share their faith because they don’t know their faith, and the moment culture comes and bullies them about something they believe, they cave in.
Train Yourself Ministry exists to raise up what I call grace-bred, Word-fed, Spirit-led men and women of discipline. Perhaps that sounds unappealing, but can I let you in on a little secret? A life of discipline – where you let Jesus train you to be godly – is one of the surest ways to freedom and joy than I know.
How can we help you? In these early days of our ministry, we have three primary areas of focus, and would love to come and share our hearts with you at your church or conference.
The more our culture drifts into sexual chaos, the greater the opportunity the Church has to point towards the life-giving truth Christ offers. But sadly, too many Christians and churches are missing this moment to shine, by either going right along with culture, or by treating sexuality as that-which-shall-not-be-named. It’s time to step up our game, and we have some ideas on how to do that, through a brand new 40-day devotional and our weekend Training For Godiness Purity Summit.
Our new book is called Train Yourself To Be Godly: A 40-Day Journey Towards Sexual Wholeness. In it, we lay out a biblical understanding of sexuality (for the first order of business is to get our thinking in line with God’s.) Then we share a gospel-based, Christ-centered strategy for purity that is immensely practical and potent.
Because it’s a user friendly devotional, it’s a resource you can pull off the shelf and give to anyone to help keep them out – or bring them out – of the dark woods of sexual struggle.
Our Train Yourself Purity Summit is a weekend conference with messages that can be customized to fit a variety of settings, from Friday night to Sunday morning, or anything in between. We’d love to come and help you discover ways to integrate purity training into the life of your church.