Our purpose for Grace Martial Arts classes is simple – we want people to be “Saved and Safe.”
That is a simple but profound philosophy. Let me explain why.
Martial arts training in most schools today is focused on two things: learning how to perform the skills for their martial art and how to defend oneself and others if attacked. That’s a great purpose, but more is needed to meet the total needs of students.
Grace Martial Arts, as well as other Christian martial arts programs, adds a third purpose to training: an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ through spiritual salvation.
That’s why we focus on “Saved and Safe.”
My focus as an instructor prior to becoming a Christian was to help students perform the skills appropriate for their current and next belt rank and to be able to protect themselves and others from attack.
When I became a Christian and saw the potential for using martial arts training to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the new aspect of spiritual salvation became front and center in classes.
Our belief as Christian martial arts instructors is that while it’s a great thing to help people learn martial arts and be able to protect themselves during their lives here on earth, the most important defense is for eternal protection – “Saved and Safe.” If we help students know how to be both “saved” for eternity and “safe” in this life, we are dealing with the “whole person” – spiritual, physical, mental and social.
Here are some of our favorite Bible verses that reference helping the whole person –
“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:8-13
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:8-10
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10
Please let us know how we can help you in your training. If you are an instructor and would like to know more about how to teach martial arts from a Christian perspective, please contact us.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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