2016 Gospel Martial Arts Union Theme & Strategic Plan:
Strengthening the FAMILY
Share – Prayer – Bear - Care
Galatians 6:1-10, “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Our GMAU theme for 2016 is “Strengthening the Family”; the GMAU Family. Our strategic plan is: Share, Prayer, Bear, and Care. The crux is found in verse two, “Bear One Another’s Burdens; and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Bearing one another’s burdens, BIBLICALLY, is a process. It is not instantaneous, nor a “natural occurrence”; however, it is a fundamentally critical component of being a BUDO warrior… one who walks on a godly path directed by the Word, will, and Spirit of God Himself. Thus, bearing one another’s burdens requires intentional progressive steps.
ALL BEGINS WITH: SHARE ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS- It is sometimes difficult to open ourselves by sharing things that may be going on in our lives and in our hearts. We have a tendency to clam up when we, as Blood-washed genuinely born again Christians should be opening up. We must open up to others… And, we listen up to others when they share a burden with us. When sharing a burden, it progresses into…
PRAYER for ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS - Praying for someone is a powerful thing. You see, prayer changes our heart and our perspective on people and situations. What may LOOK like a hopeless situation, becomes hopeful through prayer. When we share our burdens, our spirit is driven to prayer; this in turn progresses into…
BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS -Bearing someone’s burden means that the matter is on your heart and on your mind. Just as if you yourself were facing the burden that is facing your brother or sister in Christ. You are thinking about it, praying about it, seeking God’s direction about it, and exploring a solution for it. ALL is implemented IN and THROUGH FAITH in GOD’s POWER! When we share our burdens, our spirit is driven to prayer; this results in our bearing one another’s burdens… IN FAITH… not worry, not anxiety, but FAITH IN GOD’S POWER; this in turn propels us forward and serves as a motivator to…
CARE for ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS- This is where we demonstrate FAITH in action. In James chapter 2, we read that “faith without works is dead, being alone.” When we share burdens we are driven to prayer; and when we bear one another’s burdens we are compelled to compassionately CARE for ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS. We are going to do something about it. This goes right back to vs. 10 of our text, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
The seven primary duties and responsibilities of GMAU instructors are to:
1. TEACH your students, biblically
2. LOVE your students, biblically
3. LEAD your students, biblically
4. UNITE your students, biblically
5. TEND to the Needs your students, biblically
6. PROTECT your students, biblically
7. LOVE GOD, biblically (if you love Me, FEED MY SHEEP… see point #1).
These seven components, WHEN FULFILLED, manifests a divine CALLING… this holy calling, through obedience, results in a being among the CHOSEN FEW.
In 2016, we will build upon those seven primary duties and responsibilities AND demonstrate our dedication by:
Ø Taking time to Share our spiritual Aspirations, Burdens, and vision for ministry with One Another & with our students
Ø Spending time in Prayer for One Another & for our students
Ø Making time to Bear burdens for One Another & for our students
Ø Designating time to Care for One Another & for our students