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A Biblical Perspective on Manhood

Mark is an ordained minister, treading the tumultuous waves of a developing writing career, daring to dream a new dream.

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men climbing hill

As men, we place a heavy burden on ourselves. Our family, friends, community, and culture each expect something different. We here, in this group, expect different things. Some might be the same. Some might be different. These differences are based on the times, places, and male influence (or lack thereof) on our lives. We will not begin this study with condemnation (bad parenting) or pity (bad childhood) of these past influences, but our current stewardship and the Biblical affirmation of it. We are here to seek God’s guidance in understanding our “male identity”. What does the Bible say about being a man? As we seek the answer to that question, let’s lay some groundwork.

1) For anyone to have a belief in God, much less faith, God must become a major part of their worldview. So, for faith to develop, God must be first in our world view. Without an understanding of God, the question will always be “why”. Without God, the answer will always be, “so what?” We will strive to develop a logical, well-informed, articulate witness (not argument) for God. Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 45:21, 46:9; John 1:1-5, 10:22-43

2) We are not knuckle dragging ignorants. We are not emotionless (Psalm 6). We do not all like the same things (i.e., sports, cars, guns, outdoors, or music). Just as an example: I’ve been an academic all my life, but I can gut a deer with the best of them. We will struggle with those things that aren’t traditionally male related in a gender confused world. I, for one, am not confused, but let us choose grace for those that are. We will strive to accept and affirm what a biblical man is to be like (male vs. masculinity). Beards rule! Let us live so that our children, nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and even our next-door neighbors recognize a Biblical man. (Even without blood dripping from our mouths or swords on our backs.) Genesis 2:7; Exodus 2:4, 3:6; Deuteronomy 6:1-2; my daughter will learn the same “fearful things” my Dad taught me.

3)There are some things that are expected of a man that some may never become. Society tells us that men are scum, worthless, women haters, irresponsible, and whatever is new. I concede that men can be disagreeable. I’ve known some men that I’ve questioned God’s wisdom. I’m quite certain you have as well. So, we will strive to discover what biblical roles exp a man is expected to fulfill like husband and/or father. The Bible tells us a man is to be a leader, protector, mentor, and God’s chosen gender. God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not Sarah, Rachel, or Rebekah. Defender: James 1:27; Isaiah 1:17; Proverbs 31:8-9, 23; June 19-23; Community Leader: Job 29:12-17; Ephesians 5:22-33; Honorable: Romans 12, 13:13; 1 Thess 4:3-6; Active: 1 Samuel 3:13; Matthew 18:1-6.

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man's watch and tie

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4) In many ways, a man’s authority is often challenged. Who do we follow, why? Who we trust, why? How do we discern the truth? What is the truth? All of our personal, marital, family, and community authority have been degraded, even taken away. What is worse, having nothing or rebuilding our source of authority? Now, we are being subjected to comical series of ridiculous of tests of the ‘truth’. We will not be subject to Col. Jessup’s proclamation, “You can’t handle the truth!” Because we’re going to like the Berean's (Acts 17:11) dig for the truth. We will, as Job said, “mine for it”. We will strive to develop a mature level of biblical understanding and application. With our level of involvement, technology, and availability of free resources, no one has an excuse for being biblically illiterate. John 14:1-6; 1 Tim 4:7; 2 Tim 3:16-17; Psalm 119:11, 105; Acts 4:12, 16:30-31.

5) Finally, none of this will work without effort. We cannot remain passive in what we do. While grass may grow, paint dry, or pots boil while we watch, those must be acted on. The law of tolerances and accountability must be acted on. Even if we are alone, we must put forth the effort. Not in a self-righteous way, but as a biblical man. What are we to do as a Biblical man and where? We will strive to serve the church and grow God’s kingdom on earth and in heaven. Our task is to see the efforts, events, and programs of the church succeed. We are to pray with specific consistency. Psalm 10:12-15; Isaiah 6:8; Haggai; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Philippians 4:6; Colossians 4:2; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Titus 1:5-9; Romans 16; Ephesians 4:13.

Conclusion:

I firmly believe that God honors our best efforts to follow Christ. As we place ourselves on the front lines of the world, God is there. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ. God has empowered and equipped us to serve this world as men. We are to forever strive to serve God as men to the best of our ability.

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