Momentum: Moving Into Biblical Manhood
Truth transforms! I believe that our culture is stuck. Families are stuck! We exist at BCC to move people into a more dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Our God is a God of movement. He is active and working and desires for us to move with Him. I don’t believe that there could be a greater movement than if man carried out God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
The truth is every single man is called to be who God called him to be.
MoMENtum will not happen unless I move with Jesus.
How Did We Get Here?
(We) But when we look around at the problems in the world today. We are not moving. We are stuck.
We don’t have a good historical example. Biblically, not that long ago. Boys went to work with their dads. They learned tradition and a trade and then they transitioned from boyhood to manhood.
Historically, we have many problems to cause us to be stuck today. Slavery and the injustices of separating families. When boys are ripped out of the arms of their fathers and treated as communities it is going to cause future problems. In industrial revolution the American Dream was born. The lunch box and the lazy boy were invented and dad left kids with mom and went to work. Raising children became the “women’s work” and dad’s best times became work time not family time.
No right of passage. We do not have a transition from boyhood to manhood. We’ve filled it with ADOLESCENCE. This seems to be a no man’s land. It stretches boyhood on for longer and longer periods of time.
ILL: Masai Warriors - What are those huts? … they then kill a lion.
(God) To get unstuck and to move into biblical manhood we need to look at the one who created manhood. During this series we are going to dig into what the Bible teaches about manhood. That is a right response. But we also need to avoid wrong responses.
The culture response is to erase gender. It states that we are all the same and in an advanced society there is no room for gender. Society can’t even decide what bathroom to use and we are advancing as a society? WRONG Key Word: Passive
The churches response isn’t much better. Masculinity has been abused. The historical church has taken away the man card. We’ve painted churches pastel and made Jesus out to effeminate. Abuser think they are masculine. Man have taken selective passages out of context and used them to be domineering. Key Word: Abuse
During this series our goal isn’t to be politically correct but biblically correct. I would like to ask you to let the Bible speak and please don’t filter truth through passivity or abuse.
13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.
act like men… be done in love
Ex: We’ve compared this verses to a high powered dragster. The ACT LIKE MEN is the crack shaft that drives the 4 tires. The 4 tires will give traction that creates momentum that pushes the car down the track. BE WATCHFUL, STAND FIRM, BE STRONG, DO ALL IN LOVE
Background of 1 Cor - Chp 12 Church Leadership / Chp 14 Unity BUT Chp 13 is all about LOVE.
Why Is Love So Important?
12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Love Is Exposing
1 Cor 13:
Love Is Eternal
Live Is Essential
What Is Love?
Biblical Love = Moving with Jesus on the parallel tracks to facts and filling while leveraging my life for others through self sacrifice.