"But men whom the Holy Spirit can use–
men of prayer, men mighty in prayer..." -- EM Bounds
Sunday after our gathering, I sat down with the men of our church for a time to bring forth a challenge for our men to examine their lives and leadership. We are in a new season and rhythm as a church and wanted to exhort them to take ownership of the mission of Jesus in their lives, families, and our city. A couple points of conversation were the following:
- Ownership of the physical labor of our ministry at Lee High School. You can actually read about that here.
- Ownership of leading themselves well. Being a godly man begins with discipline. I want our men to be disciplined with their calendars, commitment to the church body, their health, and taking the lead at home to pastor and lead their families. (2 Timothy 2:1-7)
- Ownership of the mission of Jesus. Every man participating in mission by making disciples. (Matthew 28:16-20)
- Ownership in their aspiration to be the kind of men that others will see following Jesus and desire to imitate. (1 Timothy 3:1-7)
- Ownership of shepherding their own hearts. By committing to daily time in scripture, prayer, repentance, and fleeing from idolatry. (John 15:1-5)
- Ownership of their lives in a way that serves our women in great way. Men who will love their wives as Jesus commands us to love and serve as Jesus did for the church. Sacrificially and generously. (Ephesians 5:25-30)
EM Bounds said, that men of prayer are what the church needs more than anything else. The interesting fact is EM Bounds was a church movement leader in the late 1800's. His words resonate with me deeply, that what The District Church needs more than anything else is a few good men, who will walk in humility and pray. Men whom will pray for the Lord to move on our behalf.
May our church be known for some great men who love Jesus, their wives, and the local church deeply in a way that is demonstrated through discipline, sacrifice, and steadfastness.
Love you and honored to be your pastor,