What Kind of Men Are We Trying to Produce?
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, August 10 2009 00:00|
NOTE: Thanks for your prolific responses to the "Your Help Requested to Rethink Man in the Mirrors Direction" Weekly Briefing. You did a stellar job, and your responses have struck a chord with our management team. Your input will definitely "curve" the road we take. I will keep you posted as we continue to seek God's will. I love you for caring so much.
When you look at the men in your church, do you see men leading powerful lives?
We all know there is a "men problem." In Matthew 22:29, Jesus, told some confused religious leaders, "The problem is that you do not know the Scriptures and you do not know the power of God." In other words, knowledge leads to power. The journey to biblical manhood has a reference point -- a true north -- the word of God. That's where the power is. So, what does the word of God say about biblical manhood?
The journey to biblical manhood can be summarized in many ways. One of the best summaries is Romans 12:2:
Transformation includes a cluster of concepts like discipleship, following Christ, maturity, becoming complete, obedience, spiritual growth, and similar concepts.
Biblical manhood is an amalgamation of "transformed" relationships, roles, characteristics, qualities, priorities, purposes, and tasks. All the books in the world still cannot capture the full mystery of what it means to be a man, but here is a snapshot of the kind of men we are trying to produce:
This is a picture (panegyric) of a spiritually powerful man. It is the kind of man we want to produce. I'm sure you can think of other desirable outcomes.
So what's the point? In your church do you have the vision, determination, and sustainable strategy to produce these kinds of men? To have men in your church living defeated lives is to betray them. Why would God give any church more men if they are not faithfully discipling the men they are already have? So let's get organized. We can do this.
Yours for changed lives,