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Fight Song
10/26/2015

Dynamic ImageMain Point: Whether or not we can overcome struggles in life greatly depends upon where we draw our strength. We’ll do much better if we rely on God instead of relying on ourselves.

Introducing The Song:
Rachel Platten is an American singer and song writer. The incredibly talented and attractive artist is in her mid 30s and has been working on her voice and music since she was 5 years old. Though she’s been performing since 2003, she’s best known for her latest single Fight Song, which was released in mid 2015.

Fight Song is about Platten’s uphill battle to make it as a recording artist. In fact, the music video shows her friendless and wandering, playing vacant gigs, and worrying about her future. But she claims that she has a “lot of fight” left in her and that she will be OK in the end. True enough, by the end of the video, she seems to have undergone a complete transformation: successful, popular, happy, confident, etc.

The song definitely fits into the pop genre…with just a little hint of 80s power ballad. It’s a fun, catchy, and clean song that offers kids a positive message. Right now, Fight Song is getting a lot of play time on kids’ channels like Disney and Nick.

This song, and its accompanying music video, gives us the perfect opportunity to discuss the difference between relying on ourselves and relying on God.

The Video Clip:
The music video can be found at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xo1VInw-SKc



Song Lyric:

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

And all those things I didn't say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I'm alright song
My power's turned on
Starting right now I'll be strong
I'll play my fight song
And I don't really care if nobody else believes
'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me

Losing friends and I'm chasing sleep
Everybody's worried about me
In too deep
Say I'm in too deep (in too deep)
And it's been two years
I miss my home
But there's a fire burning in my bones
Still believe
Yeah, I still believe

And all those things I didn't say
Wrecking balls inside my brain
I will scream them loud tonight
Can you hear my voice this time?

This is my fight song
Take back my life song
Prove I'm alright song
My power's turned on
Starting right now I'll be strong
I'll play my fight song
And I don't really care if nobody else believes
'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me

A lot of fight left in me

Like a small boat
On the ocean
Sending big waves
Into motion
Like how a single word
Can make a heart open
I might only have one match
But I can make an explosion

This is my fight song (Hey!)
Take back my life song (Hey!)
Prove I'm alright song (Hey!)
My power's turned on
Starting right now I'll be strong (I'll be strong)
I'll play my fight song
And I don't really care if nobody else believes
'Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me

No I've still got a lot of fight left in me


Transitional Statement:
I like this song for a couple of reasons. First, it’s got a catchy sound, which explains why Rachel’s song has been so popular. But it’s also a totally clean song that happens to contain a positive message. Basically, she sings about her desire to overcome the struggles in life. If we’re honest, all of us think about that on a regular basis. There are plenty of setbacks and uphill battles in life. Like Rachel, we all want to be able to say, “I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.” But the truth is, whether or not we can face the struggles of life greatly depends upon the source of our strength. We’ll do much better if we rely on God instead of relying on ourselves. Let’s crack open God’s Word and look at what He has to say about our strength.


Divide into Small Groups:
Let’s go ahead and split up into our discussion groups, and then afterward we’ll come back together for a final word.

CLICK HERE for a quick training article on how to maximize your small groups using our small group format—a great resource to equip your small group leaders.

Discussion Questions:
  1. AROUND THE CIRCLE: As we get started, let’s all take a second to share our names and one of our favorite songs at the moment.

  2. ASK SOMEONE: According to the video and lyrics, where was Rachel drawing her strength from? How do you know?

  3. ASK A FEW: How did Rachel’s life seem to change during the music video (from the beginning to the end)?

  4. ASK A FEW: In the song, Rachel sings about small things making a big impact, for example, a boat making waves or a match starting an explosion. Do you really think it’s possible for one person to make a big difference?

  5. ASK A FEW: Who is the strongest person you know? Why? Where do you think they got their strength from?

  6. ASK A FEW: Rachel sang about “taking back her life.” How do you “take back” your life when things get out of control?

  7. ASK A FEW: Rachel’ song was all about overcoming struggles in life. What role does God play…if He plays a role at all?

  8. Read the following passage:

      Psalm 46:1-11 (NIV)

      God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. 5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. 6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah 8 Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. 10 "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." 11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

  9. ASK SOMEONE: Where does the psalmist say his strength comes from?

  10. ASK A FEW: Does the passage say “God is our strength” or “God gives us strength”? What’s the difference? Which is better?

  11. ASK A FEW: What were some of the troubles that seemed to be coming against the writer of this psalm?

  12. ASK A FEW: Besides “our strength,” what are some other things that the writer calls God in this passage? Why are those descriptions/titles important?

  13. ASK A FEW: What’s something in life that’s really draining the strength from you right now? How are you handling it?

  14. ASK A FEW: Rachel sang about finding strength within herself. The psalmist wrote about finding strength in God. Which is better, and why?
  15. ASK A FEW: Based on this passage, what would God counsel you to do?

  16. ASK A FEW: How can you invite God’s strength into your situation?

  17. AROUND THE CIRCLE: All of us have problems, struggles, and obstacles in life. Most of us have at least one we’re facing right now. Because of our discussion together, what’s one step you can take this week to overcome your struggles?

Wrap Up:
Fight Song is such a great tune. It’s really catchy. It’s clean. It has a positive message. There’s a lot to love about this hit single by Rachel Platten, but, as we’ve learned during our small group discussion, it’s always better to find our strength in God, not ourselves.

Don’t get me wrong, we definitely need to believe in ourselves. We certainly need to have confidence in our abilities and our efforts, but none of that can compare to all that God has to offer us.

As we looked at God’s Word, what we discovered was that God claimed to BE our strength. He didn’t say He was going to give us strength or that He would train us how to be strong or that He would tell us all we need to know about being strong. No. He said He IS our strength! That’s a big deal.

God is our strength! That’s tremendous news! Because God is the source of our strength, we’ll never run out of strength if we continually invite Him into our situations. Look, you can either face your problems with the might of your own abilities…or you can face your situations with the power of God.

Your call.

But let me give you just a couple of reasons why you should turn to God for strength. I’ll take it right from Isaiah 40:28-31.

    Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

That’s what I want! I hope you do, as well.

We’re going to close in prayer, and I want to invite you to speak to God about what you’re facing in life right now. Ask Him to be God and your strength in those situations. Ask God to give you faith to trust in Him and His power.

If you’d like to talk about what you’re going through, after we pray, let me invite you to hang around and speak with one of our adult volunteers. You’ll be glad you did.


Close in Prayer

Written by David R Smith

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   David         1/25/2016 8:37:06 AM

I’ll be happy to offer a couple of thoughts in an attempt to answer your astute question. 1. The matter of context always dictates our interpretation. In THIS passage, we’re told that God IS our strength. In other passages, as you point out, we’re told that God GIVES strength. There are other passages on this topic, as well, as I’m sure you’re aware. However, when studying a passage, I always recommend going with the language that the author uses, in this case, “is.” The sons of Korah wanted to drive home the point that God IS our strength. For that reason, we crafted the question that way. 2. The second part of my answer is a continuation of the first. Is it OK that God IS our strength? Yes. Is it OK that God GIVES us strength? Yes. Both? Yes. Bear in mind, the resource only used the passage from Psalm 46 and it was a bit of a subjective answer the students were giving in Question #9. In short, I wouldn’t make a big deal over this distinction. If you wanted to point out what other passages say, that should be more than sufficient. Thanks for taking God’s Word so seriously, Bob.

   Bob         1/21/2016 2:32:29 PM

Psalm 46 says God IS our strength, but Isaiah 40 says God GIVES strength. I'm having a hard time answering #9 "which is better?" The premise of this study seems to be that using God as the source of our strength is better than God giving us strength. But then Isaiah seems to contradict that assertion. I like the study, but I know that an attentive listener is going to catch that and I won't know how to explain the contradiction of the two. Can you clarify that for me, please?















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