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Welcome To TYM!

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, 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 that 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:

PURITY TRAINING

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, as well as a weekend conference.

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. We’d love to come and help you discover ways to integrate purity training into the life of your church.    

SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES 

The premise behind our ministry is that for a Christian to be trained, then he or she must allow Jesus to do the training. At the end of the day, it’s not principles that will bring us to freedom, but a living, resurrected Person, who promised we could enjoy a relationship with him as a birthright of our faith.

There nothing mystical about how we grow in this relationship. We do it by attending to the classical disciplines of Bible study, prayer, fellowship, worship and a cluster of other practices.

Each generation needs a fresh introduction on how to grow in these areas, and Train Yourself Ministry is committed to providing this training through our speaking, books and blogs.

Discipline, not desire, determines your destiny. ~ unknown

The first and best victory is to conquer yourself. ~ Plato

CULTURAL APOLOGETICS 

We’ve done a decent job with theological apologetics. But most people aren’t rejecting the faith today because they can’t piece together biblical illiteracy. They’re staying away because they think we hate gays, or are racists, or are heartless when it comes to immigration, or are in the back-pockets of the Republican party.

The first Christians were masters of “cultural apologetics”. They knew how to explain why the Christian worldview surpassed anything that the Greek and Roman pagans offered. Now as our culture reverts back to a variety of pagan ideas (particularly in regards to sexuality), it’s time to relearn this classic discipline.

As a pastor, I understand how busy we are just trying to keep up with a weekly sermon and endless meetings, let alone trying to keep our fingers on the pulse of culture. That’s where we can help. In our blogs and podcasts, we give frequent attention to the intersection of Christ and Culture, and we’d love to come and share our hearts with your church, or for your event, on how to keep a closer eye on the ‘signs of the times’.

Someone described Train Yourself Ministry as P-90X for Christians. As I like to say sometimes: “That’ll preach!” 

Let us know how we can help you.

How We Can Help You

Articles

Jesus Died To Give Me The Power To Live Rightly

Jesus Died To Give Us The Power To Live Rightly  Afew years ago as Easter approached, I wanted to come up with a way to explain to all the visitors that would be coming over Holy Week what was so special about Jesus Christ. And as I was musing on it, I wrote out these three sentences. Jesus came to teach us how [...]

The Most Important Movie Of The Year?

The Most Important Movie Of The Year? Back in the early 1980s, the influential Christian writer/philosopher Francis Schaeffer released his book A Christian Manifesto which sent seismic shock waves across the evangelical world. Schaeffer saw earlier than almost any other thinker how the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision would completely overhaul social and sexual ethics in our culture. Schaeffer summoned the [...]

It’s Just A Little Cheating

It’s Just A Little Cheating “Whoever is greedy for unjust gain troubles his own household, but he who hates bribes will live.” – Proverbs 15:27 And now the first lawsuits have been filed. Several days ago, a 204-page FBI affidavit exposed a sweeping scandal where wealthy and powerful parents bribed and swindled open the admission doors to prestigious universities for their children. The [...]

Why We Need The Beatitudes Now More Than Ever

  Why We Need The Beatitudes Now More Than Ever Bear's latest book Living Under The Cross, is now available through Amazon. It's a collection of 42 devotions, gathered under the headings of the Lord's Beatitudes, which answer the question: What does the cross-centered life look like?   We don’t know what the weather was like the day he stood up in front [...]

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Tips, Teachings & Podcasts

Speaking

How To Walk Safely Through Our Sexual Wasteland

How To Train My Spirit, Soul & Body For Holiness

How To Have Holy Conversations About Sex In Your Home & Church

Lessons In Purity From Augustine: A 4th-Century Sex Addict

5 Reasons Your Church Should Offer Purity Training NOW

Sword Training: How Biblical Illiteracy Is Hurting You & Destroying Culture

How To Read The Bible For Yourself

How To Hear The Voice Of God In Prayer

Rediscovering The Lost Art Of Fasting

Why We Need The Church

Hurray For Hollywood? Christian Use Of The Arts For Transforming Society

God Has A Dream (Why Every Church Must Pursue Racial Reconciliation)

Tertullian’s Apologetics: The Template For Cultural Apologetics

Why We Need The Beatitudes Now More Than Ever

6 Reasons I Believe In The Supremacy Of Christ

Books

Living Under The Cross Book2019-03-30T19:17:40+00:00
Train Yourself To Be Godly Book2019-03-30T19:46:42+00:00