A couple of weeks ago, my dad visited our church’s men’s breakfast, Bible study and accountability group called, “PULSE”. It was a rare treat to share that time with my band of brothers and with my dad.
This morning my dad wrote me and asked for me to send him the outline of what PULSE stands for. We used to use the acronym PLUS but changed it recently to PULSE for reasons you can see below. Here’s what I wrote back to my dad.
PULSE can be understood as follows:
- P – “are you planted?” (e.g. Psalm 1, like a tree, drawing nourishment from the Scripture on a regular basis this week)
- U – “have you been uncompromising?” (see quote from 1 Cor 6 below; also Heb 13:3, this is about pure, uncompromising faithfulness to our wives whether in our thought-life, what we look at, or how we interact with other women)
- L – “are you leading?” (e.g. Ephesians 5:25-33, taking responsibility and encouraging your wife however possible in her growth Christ-ward; not like Adam who wimped out and stood by and let Eve be deceived, c.f. Gen 3:6b, 1 Tim 2:13-14)
- S – “have you been sharing the Gospel?” (e.g. Matt 28:19-20)
- E – “Are you now evangelical?” (i.e. believing the Gospel [the “evangelion” in Greek] e.g. Rom 3:27-28; Eph 2:8-9; having confidence in what Christ has done on the cross as the basis for our justification with God, and resting from our works while trusting in His. This last question is designed to protect us from self-righteous legalism and keep us pointed toward Jesus.)
“The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1Co 6:13-20 ESV)
UPDATE: August 22, 2014
We recently changed the acronym again to follow a Gospel-centred flow that takes the focus off of our own performance and puts the focus on our faith in Christ’s work for us. Then the flow of the remaining questions reminds us that the lives we live in obedience are the result of what Jesus has done and not a condition we must meet.
BUILT – it has a sort of masculine, muscular image, doesn’t it?
B – “Are you Believing in the Gospel, now and through this past week?”
U – “Have you been Uncompromising?”
I – “Have you been In the Word?”
L – “Have you been Leading your wife and family?”
T – “Have you been Talking about Jesus to others?”