The first goal of the “Men’s Leadership Class” that I teach each year for 8 months to approximately 12 men is “That each man will faithfully practice the basic disciplines of the Christian Life”. They are called disciplines because our flesh hates to do them, the devil will work overtime to keep us from them, and the world will suck away all of our time so that we don’t have time to do them, so it will take self-control, discipline, accountability, and hard work to keep these disciplines in our life. As long as they are in our life we will grow in character, grow closer to the Lord in intimacy, and bear much fruit, but if our flesh, the devil, and the world squeeze them out of our life we are doomed to a life of mediocrity at best.
The first discipline is Bible, the second is prayer, the third is seeking wisdom, the fourth is worship, the fifth is giving our money to God’s work, the sixth is self-examination and confession of sin, and the 7th is gathering together.
This seventh discipline is an action and an attitude. The action is to regularly and often gather together with our church family and also with other men in a small group for the purpose of practicing the “one another commands” in the letters to the church’s in the New Testament, and holding each other accountable for our goals and the basic disciplines. Hebrews 10:23–25 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”
“God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble”, and pride is saying or thinking, “I can live the Christian life successfully without you, I can do it by myself!” We all struggle with this attitude and it is a killer .