Faith General


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We live in a performance-based world. Whether it is convincing a client to hire your company for their next big project or convincing that woman you are madly in love with to marry you, having a successful track record seems to go with the territory.  Sports lives for outcomes. Win-Loss records are extremely important to winning success! But is life all about numbers? Aren’t there other ways to measure outcomes?

1 Samuel 16:7 says that man may look on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.  It’s the heart outcomes that render a man successful.

Here are five outcomes every guy can pursue.

1. I am pursuing a deeper relationship with God.

  • In what ways in the past year have you clarified your commitment to Jesus?
  • What are some of your fondest memories with God this past year?

2. I am centering my identity on Christ.

  • What is an area of your life that became more Christlike this year?
  • When did someone mention that you showed great faith this year?

3. I am modeling my character after Christ.

  • How often do you read the Gospels to discover who Jesus is?
  • Is there a story or teaching of Jesus that has changed the way that you live your life this year?

 4. I am growing in an authentic community.

  • During the past year, how did you support someone in the midst of great need?
  • Who has been able to help you to carry a personal burden this year?
  • Who taught you the most about the Christian life this year?  Who is your Paul?

Have you found or deepened your relationship with a more mature person to disciple you?  Who is your Paul?

Have you found or deepened your relationship with another person for mutual encouragement? Who is your Barnabas?

5. I am influencing others to Christ.

  • How has your faith given you a deeper love for all people?
  • How have you served your neighbors, coworkers, peers, or family this year?
  • How confident were you in a conversation about faith this year?

How have you become a Paul to a younger Christian?  Who is your Timothy?

Keep in mind that these outcomes are to be rooted in the Holy Spirit who wants to live the life of Christ through you. 

If you find yourself struggling with these outcomes, reach out to a mentor. If you don’t have a mentor, it’s time to get one.  Don’t know how?  Check out this post

Or reach us at  We’ll help you get the ball rolling.

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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