Holy Night

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Some of the guys from Refuge met together recently to eat pizza and to consider how we can pursue holiness and pray for each other. This was an exciting time for Refuge—the first Men’s Night theology study.   

After one of the two orders for pizza was cancelled (oops) we settled at Stu’s house in the east of Glasgow to exercise restraint in eating a (sensible) amount of pizza followed by (a modest quantity of) donuts. 

Our guest speaker, Greig Ferguson (the Pastor from Yoker Evangelical Church) spoke about sanctification: the process of being made more like Jesus

Greig took us through Romans 8 showing us:

  • firstly that the foundation for the Christians’ sanctification is that no condemnation awaits them because of the work Jesus did on the cross [Rom 8:1]. 

  • Building on that he encouraged the men listening to put sin to death (it’s a war!) whilst relying on the Spirit [Rom 8:13]. 

  • All the while we are to remember that our God is also our Father [Rom 8:15]. 


Three Trees

Greig then told us about three trees. 

The first tree is unhealthy and represents our sin; it produces bad fruit. 
We need to examine ourselves to identify this bad fruit and, often with the help of others, trace it to the roots. Is there a deeper underlying heart attitude that leads to this sin?

From there we take our sins to the second tree, the cross of Jesus Christ,
whereby we repent and trust Jesus to take care of our sin and to purify us from it (we are unable!!). 

The third tree is a healthy tree, bearing good fruit
[cf. Jeremiah 17:7–8]

We closed the evening by discussing, in pairs, the sin we are fighting in our lives and what the root issues might be and, thereafter, by praying for each other. 

We’re looking forward to the next Men’s Night theology study in November. Perhaps, instead of pizza and donuts we should aim for something healthier……crushed avocado on toast, anyone?! Perhaps not.

Details to follow! 

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
— Romans 8:1
For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
— Romans 8:13
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
— Romans 8:15