Engage Men By Answering Questions
We have a hostage situation here – men in bondage to all kinds of strongholds. God has already funded the ransom to free these men (Revelation 4:9). You and I have been appointed as the go-betweens – the hostage negotiators. Our job is to deliver the ransom and free the hostages.
Working with you, Man in the Mirror’s vision is to engage every man in America with a credible offer of Christ and, then, the resources to grow. Our mission is to train and equip leaders who share our passion to reach and disciple men – the hostages.
So how can we engage these men? Where do we start? What do we do?
To engage men is to offer solutions to the problems they are already trying to solve, and answers to the questions they are already asking. The starting point is to answer the questions men are already asking.
The Questions Men Are Asking
So what are the questions men are asking for which the gospel of Christ provides a satisfying answer? We must get this right – nothing is more pathetic than answers to questions nobody is asking. What are the questions that engage men?
Here’s my first cut at a list. You no doubt can help me improve on it…
- What is true success? (success)
- What’s it all about? Why am I here? (purpose, significance)
- Who am I? (identity)
- How can I be a better man, husband, and father? (manhood, role success)
- What does a balanced life look like, and how do I find it? (balance)
- Why do I feel so empty and alone? (love, relationship)
- How can I get rid of this feeling of guilt? Can I be forgiven? (guilt)
- Where can I find peace and happiness? (peace, happiness)
- Why is there so much suffering and evil? Why do the wicked prosper? (suffering)
- Is there a belief system that makes sense of the world as it is? (worldview)
- Is God knowable and, if so, how? (God, Jesus)
- What happens when I die? Is there an afterlife and, if so, how do you get there? (death, heaven)
Let me know your additions and edits to this list. I would like to stick with this topic for a while.
As hostage negotiators, we need to continually improve our skills so we can engage men in ways that lead to liberation.