Letter to FaithPoint

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It has been a while since I have written you a letter. This letter comes from reading and thinking and a heavy heart. There is no delicate way to put this and I am not one for sugar coating anything…so, let’s just get to the point.

There is a lack of men in the church. The following video resonates highly with me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_K9sjB2pKM

 

As we study the book of Acts, God used godly, faithful men to build His church. These men prayed bold prayers, they were not afraid to proclaim the name of Jesus in public conversation. They were not afraid to be confrontational when it was necessary. They made disciples. They planted churches. They led godly families.

Where are the men in the church today? It is like they are a dying breed.

Undiscipled people cannot make disciples. The men of the church today know more about their favorite sports teams, their favorite TV shows, their favorite hobbies, and their favorite cars then they know about Jesus. Their passion parks them in their Spider-Man pajamas in front of the Playstation.

Charles Spurgeon was the pastor of a church at the age of 19. Billy Graham started preaching revivals around the age of 19. Timothy was discipled by Paul and was the pastor of the church in Ephesus and was either in his late teens or early 20s.

There are too many boys in the church. They can’t be the kind of man that is a godly husband that leads a godly wife because they are too busy trying to sleep with their girlfriend. They want to prolong their state of adolescence so that they do not have to grow up. They like what they are because the less responsibility they have, the less that is expected of them.

Boys are selfish. They do not seek to serve the poor, the orphan, the widow, or the church. They only seek to serve themselves. They seek instant gratification instead of working now and being rewarded later. They don’t seek to live out the whole of Scripture but only the parts that they like.

FaithPoint Community Church wants to push boys to become men. The need for the gospel to go out is urgent. God has commissioned us for His mission. We need men to be missional. We need men to lead in their relationships and families. We need men that will be a light in their workplace. We need men who plant churches. We need men who will fight for their family and for the church.

We will not force boys to become men but we will pray for them. The mission is at hand. The need is urgent. The time is now.

Pray for the men in your family. Pray for the men of the church. Pray for the men that you know.

It is time for the church to bring back biblical manhood.

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