Monday, February 25, 2008

Jesus: More Than Sunday

Why is it that men's ministry in most churches goes through cycles where it is revived with some event designed to elicit participation in meetings or fun activities of some sort and quickly devolves into meeting on a Saturday to listen to a civil leader of some sort or mow somebody's yard? Now listening to civil servants or mowing people's yards are not bad per se, but men do not easily gather to hold each other accountable to spiritual growth and the pursuits of righteousness.

This past Friday, perhaps 250 men met for steak dinner, worship, three talks given by our ministerial staff, and a call to commit to personal Bible study and to become the spiritual leaders of our homes and families according to God's call. Offered for a continuing ministry is one-on-one discipleship, Bible study in small men's groups and a class series in our Equipping University. Each table for the meal was led by a deacon or other spiritual leader in the church. They will be following up with the men at their table to encourage them in fulfilling their commitment to God and their families.

These are the links to the three talks:

Skip Cartin Reading Your Bible: A Man's Magnificent Obession (Proverbs 2) MP3 5.58 MB (24:23)
Brian Burgess How to Have a Quiet Time (Psalm 119) MP3 8.99 MB (39:17)
Jeff Spry Family Devotions: Being the Spiritual Leader of Your Home MP3 9.63 MB (42:04)

Have you considered the likes of Abraham or Moses? These great men of faith merely fulfilled the purpose to which God called them. He's calling you to fulfill the purpose He has given to you. Become the spiritual leader in your home. Open up the scriptures and study them on your own. Then open up the scriptures and study them with your wife and children. Put a plan into practice for doing these things and your home will be transformed.

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Blogger Lionel Woods said...

I think the hardest part is getting your family involved. I have my 1 (about to be two) learing Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1 and we sing the hymn "Yes Jesus loves me" it is going to be difficult letting him know that Jesus will still send him to hell unless he repents and accept the free Gift of eternal life. The stuggle begins there bro.

Wed Feb 27, 12:43:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Jim Pemberton said...

Good to hear from you, brother Lionel! It is a struggle, but it's worth it. Sounds like you're doing well for kids so young. Mine are 11, 9 and 4. The 4-year-old doesn't track well with what my older kids are learning, but he will in time. My wife does a Bible Study with them with their school work and we have Bible reading, discussion and prayer in the evening with me.

Wed Feb 27, 12:59:00 PM GMT-5  

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