Many men today struggle with the concept of living their lives as a Christian. We live in a post modern era where, the new buzzword is tolerance – to the point of minimizing our walk as Christian men. Christians are called upon to be the leader of their household, the leader in their community, leaders in their church, leading others to Christ… It can and does get very ‘overwhelming’!
Assume this is true: We are all Christian men, men who have accepted Christ, are confessed as sinners and want to live a life that is pleasing to God.
Phillipians 2: 1-5
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
What does it look like to value others above yourself and to look to the interests of others rather than yourself?
Is there something today that you know God is wanting you to do – but you’re struggling with it??
**I know that many men have difficulty sharing testimony, talking about God with others in general. (potential)
I will read several verses and then ask each of you to recite the last two verses out loud – and then ask you what you are struggling with. If you don’t have anything, just say pass and we’ll come back to you.
Psalm 139: 16-24
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
*** Let us Pray – repeat after me
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
First man's struggle ___________________________________________
Second man ___________________________________________
Now, each of you write it down on the brick
Hold it out from you with one hand.. – discuss the weight/the burden
Ask a friend to help you (paired up, one man helps the other to hold the brick up as well).. – discuss “”
Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another
Now, imagine it is something that God has placed his hands on your hands and wrapped you up in His arms. Pull it into yourself and hold it next to you.
Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (time of need)
Now, place it on the ground – at His feet.
Psalm 34: 4-7
4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.
6 This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
Prayer - each man (in turn) praying over what was identified and written on the brick - final closing prayer.
Closing words - this can be done with all burdens or needs - to set the weight down at His feet. ...
Additional scripture**** notes
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
Phillipians 2: 6-18
6 Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”[c] Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.