Men's Ministry

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow night (June 13).  Same place, same time......6-8pm in the youth/multi-purpose room.  We'll just be "brown-bagging" supper this time, so grab you something on the way and come on... 

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(Follow-up email from 05/09/24):

Hey, guys!

Had a great time last week at our second meeting, and missed those who weren't able to make it. We've scheduled our next gathering for June 13th, and we'll be planning on covering Chapter 3 - the questions for discussion are on pages 137-139.

Last week, we talked through some Biblical texts that reveal things both about God's holiness, and some that also tell us things about holiness in us, Christians. We talked through some reasons why we don't experience more holiness than we do, and some of those things for sure are due to lack of discipline in our practice as Christians, but when we get to the root, we see other things, like one very important point which was brought up, which is seeing our sin and sinfulness as being worse than we might typically think it is. Seeing our badness, if you will, as more bad, more rebellious, more prideful, more evil than we once did apart from Christ is something that causes us to see the goodness and grace of God in His saving us as all the more good and gracious!

I also ended with this, and I thought it was worth sharing here for those who weren't able to make it. In thinking about our personal holiness, I shared this brief article that the late apologist Greg Bahnsen shared in his twenties when he was in college at Westmont in California. He was so perceptive of this kind of person, and we too need to be just as perceptive of these tendencies in our own heart and in each others so we, too, don't become, as he calls, a "Well-Respected No-Where Man."

"You would almost think that The Beatles had visited this campus before they sang "He's a real no-where man, sitting in his no-where land, making all his no-where plans for nobody." Or at least they must have heard descriptions of Westmont. Then again, why would anyone bother to speak of such trivia? The Westmont no-where man is an extremely common specimen among us. He can be readily detected by that two-edged sword of amorphous (no definite shape or form) Christianity which he carries at his side; the reason that it's not in his hand is that it would then interfere with his personal activities.

The two edges of this tarnished weapon are no-where man's belief and his practice; in both cases, no-where man's Christianity sports a marshmallow stability which enables him to present the world with a challenge that has all the rigidity of a shadow. Because he lacks real thought-out doctrinal beliefs, the Westmont no-where man sits in his own no-where land, and this characterizes the condition of his life. The inevitable result is that the practice of his faith resembles the activity of a passive passenger; hence all his aspirations and plans amount to insignificant nothingness.

Right beliefs are necessary for right living. The only sort of soupy significance that this sad situation may contain is that on this campus at least, the no-where man is also known as "the well-respected man about town" that The Kinks sang about. The combination of these two caricatures provides the description of the ideal Westmont man: "The Well-Respected No-Where Man."

The Westmont no-where man is all things to all men (to a fault). He is an evangelical-liberal with leanings toward and away from a mash-mash of both good and bad doctrine. He heartily concurs in both sides of every argument - with minor reservations. He is a man of many deep convictions which last for days. And when that solecistic (breach of manners or etiquette) occasion in which he carelessly allows himself to assert proposition rarely occurs, he strategically defends his statement on the impeccable and authoritative standard of his personal feelings. As The Beatles expressed the matter: "He's as blind as he can be, just sees what he wants to see."

But there's good reason to do so - everyone else here does it as well. It might be asking just a little too much of this person who names the name of Christ to be more than the typical biblically-ignorant Christian of our contemporary culture though; after all, his desire to attend (excuse these offensively out-dated items) Bible studies, Sunday school and evening service amount to nothing more than anesthetic apathy.

The contemporary fashion for the well-respected no-where Christian is to (in practice) regard the demands that Christ made for discipleship (keeping the moral law, self-denial, unconditional dedication, etc) as asking a bit too much. Hence (in theory) the no-where man's Bible is read scissors in-hand. The heart cannot rejoice in that which the mind has not taken as its own. All truth is unto holiness. Or as Paul stated, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."

Wow. In summary.........don't be a well-respected no-where man. To put it in South GA lingo:  Don't settle for just being a good ol' boy with good ol' boy thoughts and convictions about God, His Word, yourself, and the world around you. Good ol' boy theology won't get you to heaven. Good ol' boy theology doesn't understand the gospel. Good ol' boys' "Christianity" have as Greg put it a "marshmallow stability." You and me......we're not good ol' boys. Apart from Christ, we deserve the wrath of God. Let's pray for each of us that we'll seek to have more than the "rigidity of a shadow" as it pertains to our earnest striving toward holiness as we understand more and more The Holy One's call on our lives to be holy. 

Let's call each other higher and remind each other than being a Christian is a serious, eternal call that transforms our lives from good ol' boys to holy men with deep and growing biblical conviction to see the Bible applied to every area of our lives. Care about doctrine and see that we can't properly live as Christian men in this world apart from an ultimate, authoritative, objective standard above us to inform our living. Run from an apathy towards God and His Word. A tipping your hat as a good ol' boy towards the Lord by your flippant engagement with the Church may simply anesthetize (in Greg's words) for a while, but you'll eventually realize you've been trying to live off a diet of crackers when there's an abundance of filet mignon available in community with the people of God. Don't see discipleship as a cold, pragmatic program, but rather living and flourishing by death and denial. See the graces of the Lord available to you through the common, yet extraordinary means provided by the Lord for you, like this group.

Young men, start now. Seasoned men......it's not too late.