I want to say, MEN ARE IMPORTANT!
We live in a culture that is tearing guys apart. On every hand we see masculinity being attacked. The sad thing is that MOST churches are not engaged in this fight to fix this issue.
We place our focus on other ministries (e.g. youth, women, or children). Now, I need everyone to understand I’m not against these ministries. I love those ministries too. But I firmly believe that every church should have a solid men’s ministry to encourage and challenge the men of the church and community.
If we get men healthy, we will have healthy families. The only way to get a man healthy is to cure him of the sickness of sin, and the ONLY way we do that is through the blood and power of Jesus Christ. The Gospel must be preached to men. I have four things I think every men’s ministry should be promoting.
1. Promote God’s Word as the primary blueprint. I know that sounds like a ‘no duh’ idea, but sadly, in our churches, God’s Word (The Bible) is becoming less and less important. We have pastors who stand in their pulpits and tell their congregation that the Bible is not inspired and not the final authority to our lives.
This must stop! We need to base our ministry on God’s Word! “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16).
2. Promote why each man should be investing in Kingdom work over everything else! We are not promised tomorrow, but you wouldn’t know that by what we act. We chase things that will have no impact or worth in 1,000 years.
We neglect our churches to the point where they are almost completely irrelevant. We would rather our children be involved in sports camps or organizations that have zero eternal focus. The Bible tells us to be focused on the things of God over the things of this world.
“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” (James 4:14).
“Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:16).
We need to have men’s ministries that encourage men to focus Jesus rather than entertainment.
3. Promote that every man has a mission they are called to accomplish in their city. Being a missionary is NOT predicated on your zip code. Your pastor cannot do what you were called to do. Your city needs YOU as a man to step up and take the mission of God seriously. Every man has a calling; every man has something that God wants them to accomplish. What we need to do is figure out what the next step is for each of us and then actually do it. Our men’s ministries need to foster an environment that challenge men to reach further and look for opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matt 28:19).
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns’” (Isa. 52:7).
4. Promote that every husband and father should be their family’s primary spiritual leader. We live in a world where we hand almost everything off to a professional. This area of spiritual leadership does not need to be handed off to someone else.
You as a husband and father need to be leading, guiding and protecting your family spiritually. Our pastors and our churches need to be pushing this agenda. We need to encourage our men to raise up a Godly legacy, and that’s done by raising up a Godly family.
“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Cor. 16:13-14). I firmly believe that if these four things are promoted in churches and men’s ministries across our country, we will see a major shift in culture and the way we think and act. I also believe that most of the major problems and issues we deal with as a nation would go away if we had healthy men loving and investing in their families.
When Jesus Christ is promoted everything changes!