The Vision for the Men at our Church: Forging men into mature disciples of Jesus Christ, who cherish God’s Word, earnestly contend for the faith, boldly love & lead their families & communities, and sacrificially serve like Jesus.
We seek to align our men towards a holistic vision of Biblical manhood using these four core principles.
WARRIOR: To be unashamed of the gospel, and to arm and equip men for spiritual warfare and encourage them to contend for the faith. (2 Thes. 1:8, Rev. 19:11-13)
LEADER: To equip men with the skills, values and confidence to become leaders who love and serve the church, their families, and also their community. (Matt. 20:26, Exod. 18:21)
DISCIPLE:- to compel men to deepen their spiritual growth. At the same time have a teachable spirit, and be eager to be discipled, as much as to disciple other men. We believe that anyone, regardless of their level of spiritual maturity, can be a source of guidance and mentorship for those seeking to grow in their faith. (2 Tim. 2:1)
SERVANT: Jesus himself came to serve, not to be served. Foster servant leadership towards our families & in our community in full humility. (Luke 22:26)
Primary Men’s Discipleship Curriculum
A few years ago we put together a 10 week series on the topic of Biblical Manhood. This series is designed for groups of two or three men to go through, at their own pace, as they learn and encourage each other to grow as Kingdom Men. There is a book which the group reads together, and videos for each week which will serve as the center of discussion for each time you get together. The material covers topics such as: fighting temptation, the disciplined life, friendship, masculine strength, prayer, leading women, fighting pornography, leading through conflict, our work, and disciple making.
Other Excellent External Resources
The following short list of resources are written by various authors and will guide you as you dig deeper into this topic. Certainly, many more books and resources could be added to this list, but we have filtered this down to a select few in order to help guide the Church with simplicity.
This inspiring and best-selling book uses biblical wisdom, engaging illustrations, practical suggestions for daily living, and personal study questions to address the major areas of contemporary Christian manhood. Buy on Amazon.
With deep conviction and often surprising advice, Keller shows readers that biblical wisdom is immensely relevant to our questions about work today. In fact, the Christian view of work—that we work to serve others, not ourselves—can provide the foundation of a thriving professional and balanced personal life. Keller shows how excellence, integrity, discipline, creativity, and passion in the workplace can help others and even be considered acts of worship—not just of self-interest. Buy on Amazon.
The mission of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is to set forth the teachings of the Bible about the complementary differences between men and women, created equally in the image of God, because these teachings are essential for obedience to Scripture and for the health of the family and the church. Visit them at cbmw.org.
This biography was pivotal for me in my own journey of faith as I got a chance to look into the courageous Biblical spirit of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a german theologian who resisted Adolph Hitler. Buy on Amazon.
Men—and masculinity in general—are under attack. For society to succeed, we need strong men to lead us in all areas of life. Buy on Amazon.
The resources below are a collection of articles, podcasts, and sermons by Pastor Raef that are tagged as relating to this topic.