First of all I want to say how proud I am of the men of East Texas coming together once again for ManChurch ETX at Calvary Baptist Church last week. Although I was absent, I was with you in spirit and I know that God has done a wonderful work in the hearts of the men that attended.
I am writing this little short blog to remind everyone of the “Be a Man” bible study at Mobberly Baptist Church on Thursday mornings 6:30 AM throughout the summer. I know summer is a time full of vacations, family, and work. Some of you have been coming faithfully and some of have come once or twice. Let this be a reminder and encouragement… we are not finished!
Pastor Glynn Stone is back tomorrow and we are geared up to finish out the summer strong! I know it is early but you know what… Can you say that you are spending enough time in the study of God’s Word on a weekly basis? If the answer is no then let this Bible study on Thursday morning be an opportunity for you to engage the powerful, inspiring, and motivating Word of God!
Join us tomorrow 6:30 as Pastor Glynn continues on the fruit of the Spirit as he outlines another biblical concept of manhood – Kindness.
Check out this reminder by Pastor Glynn himself…
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Biblical Manhood and the Man-bun
The man-bun is not anything new. As a matter of fact the man-bun used to be really manly. It comes from a long line of warriors from ancient China to most recently the Japanese Samurai. This “top-not” was a matter of honor and nobility for the Samurai and it was very manly. As a matter of fact the “top-not” was very tactical because it held their helmets in place as they went into battle. However, what has become the new fad in 21st century America is not what I would call manly. Some celebrity pulls his hair up in a bun and then all of the sudden every hipster millennial is sporting one. It has become such a fad that men are actually buying these extension type hair-do’s so that they can test drive these man-buns to see if it works for them. I want you to know that I have never seen a picture of a Samurai sporting skinny jeans and rolled up pants legs. Somewhere along the way we have lost our concept of biblical manhood.
I heard someone the other day comment on how today’s man-bun is the same as the 90’s mullet. I was extremely offended considering I proudly sported the mullet way back when it was clearly “business in the front and party in the back.” My problem however, is not so much with the man-bun rather than with the manhood of these men who decide to where such a “man”trocity. You see we live in a generation where men have no clue what biblical manhood looks like. We live in a world where man-buns and skinny jeans are perfectly acceptable and even the going style for a lot of next-gen, hipster, millennial Christians. Ok seriously, here is my official disclaimer for the next-gen, hipster, millennial Christian that may be offended because I am calling out your manhood. I do not think your poor sense of fashion is a direct reflection of your manhood. (Poor sense of fashion is said tongue-in-cheek, but really? You can’t possibly wear something like “skinny” jeans and not have your man-card revoked)
What I am saying is that in this generation we have lost the picture of true manhood. Men have abandoned their families. More children are being raised by single moms these days than in any time in our history. We have abandoned all aspects of manhood to such an extent that right now in my TEXAS back yard (because you know real men are from Texas) we are debating in our legislature the crazy idea that our bathrooms in our schools and public places should stay exclusively male and female! That blows my mind! Really? We need to debate this? I want you to understand that this is because men have bailed out on their biblical responsibilities. Real men have dropped out, disappeared, diminished from their God given mandate to be Mighty Men of God! This man-bun fad just happens to be a great illustration describing the “sissification” of American manhood. Yes I said it, I know it is not politically correct but come on! I believe that this is part of the problem! We are so afraid that someone will get their feelings hurt that we can’t even say “sissy” anymore. Yeah I know… bullying is bad, and I would never condone it. However, there is something to be said about holding other men accountable to being godly masculine men, even if it hurts their “girly” feelings. When did we stop being men?
This is an epidemic. Men of God need to step up and be Men of God! We must reclaim biblical masculinity and re-engage our culture with the very hard truth of God’s Word and his call upon our lives. We can no longer sit idly by. We are at critical mass! We are at Def-Con 1! We have lost our culture and it is time for us to stop crying about it and do something about it! I raised two sons to be godly men in this crazy culture. I did not placate them and I treated them very early in their adolescence like men. They are two very different young men today but one thing I can tell you is that there are no questions regarding their masculinity. My oldest son has given me a wonderful little beautiful granddaughter and I have never been more concerned for these young girls who have to grow up in this world where masculinity is rapidly disappearing. What will she look for in a man? What kind of man will she find in her future? So men… I am calling you out! It is time for you to bring your man-bun and skinny jeans and put on your combat boots! We have a war waging for the very hearts of our children and grandchildren. I am convinced that if we are ever going to change the hearts of our young people then we had better reclaim our manhood! So what does this look like?
There are many biblical examples that I could address on what manhood looks like. But let’s take probably the most famous. I want to look specifically at David’s life and pull out four characteristics of biblical manhood.
- Biblical manhood begins with God
David was the youngest of eight sons of Jesse. Jesse was intentional in his raising of his sons and taught them in the ways of God. By the time David faced Goliath he had already learned what it was like to depend on God for everything! David told Saul how he had learned this from a very young age while tending his father’s sheep “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37)
- Biblical manhood starts early
David from the time he could walk was learning how to be a man. He didn’t sit around playing video games and didn’t complain when there was work to be done. He tended his father’s sheep because he was told that was his job. He was actively contributing to his family’s well-being before he was 13 years-old! He delivered supplies to his brothers on the battlefield because his father told him to. He didn’t ask any questions, he just did it “just as Jesse commanded him.” (1 Samuel 17:20)
- Biblical manhood does what is right
One of my very favorite scenes in the Bible is this little pimple-faced, teen-aged, red-headed, loud-mouthed David standing before a king and his terrified army in complete bewilderment at why they had not already defeated this so-called giant. What we find is a little red-headed firecracker of a young man who is dead set on doing what is right! David knew what was right and it was incumbent upon him to do what was right! This is the true mark of biblical manhood! David looked at a king and basically told him that he would do what no one else would do. Why? Because it was the right thing to do! 1 Samuel 17:26, David exclaims “Just who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (CSB)
- Biblical manhood is courageous
For forty days, twice a day, Goliath would come out and terrorize the army of Israel. David’s courage was a direct result of his steadfast dependence on God. It made him supernatural. I love what this little teen-ager said to Goliath. Now don’t forget that Goliath was no joke! He was one bad dude and he knew it! But this did not faze David as he called out Goliath boldly proclaiming “You come against me with a sword, spear, and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord of Armies, the God of the ranks of Israel—you have defied him. Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I’ll strike you down, remove your head, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the wild creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God, and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s. He will hand you over to us.” (1 Sam. 17:45-47, CSB)
Now come on men think about this for just a second. Let’s say just for the sake of argument that David is on the older end of what most scholars guess his age to be… Let’s say David is by this time in his life 17. Here he is on the battlefield between two massive armies. One side is shaking in their armor completely terrified by the Philistine champion who comes out twice a day to inflict terror into their hearts. Here is David with nothing more than his sling and stones. These were his earthly weapons but he knew God would have the victory no matter what! Even Goliath had some sort of idea what a man should look like. He said over and over again “Choose one of your men and have him come down against me.” Yet there was no man in the whole army of Israel!
It is not about the man-bun. It is not about skinny jeans. It is not even about the man-romper (this could have its very own article). What we need to fully understand—biblical masculinity means something! We need to be men that will stand in the face of evil and rattle the gates of hell! If you are going to wear a man-bun then please understand that you are still a soldier fighting in this war where we need to reclaim biblical manhood! Let’s be men! Let’s be giant killers just like David, man-bun and all!
Teddy W. Sorrells
Pastor- Joy Baptist Church
I have been really praying this week as we move firmly into the summer months. So many things that are going on. We have a hundred things to keep up with. Work, wives, kids, church, recreation, vacations. Look I know that you are busy. I know that you struggle with finding time for yourself. I know that if you could just find one day to just get away by yourself how much better things would be. Listen… don’t let the enemy convince you that you don’t have time to put God first! This is exactly where he wants you to be! Satan has done a phenomenal job at convincing men that they don’t have any time for God! I am saying to you men this is a LIE straight from the pits of hell!
Ephesians 4:13 calls us “to mature manhood!” God calls us to grow up men and get into the fight! It’s time to WALK THE WALK! It’s time to say “I am not going to let the enemy win! I am going to stand firm and ‘Be a Man!’” This is what Thursday mornings is all about at Mobberly Baptist Church at 630AM. Yes I know it’s early. Yes I know some of you are already at work and some of you just aren’t going to get up that early. But I want you to consider these questions… “Is it well with my soul? Am I where I need to be regarding my spiritual maturity? Does God require more of me?” I would argue that the answer to these questions should determine in our hearts how important it is for you to be at this bible study.
Pastor Glynn has taken a vested interest not only in the men at Mobberly but also those men who are in our ETX area that are willing to take the next step in biblical manhood! This is what this study is all about! I think the number last Thursday was 188 men. I know that there were at least 4 different churches represented along with Mobberly. There is no reason why we shouldn’t see 300 men at this bible study on Thursday.
Plenty of room… get there early enough and get some coffee, find you a table… get your notebook out and ready to take notes. It starts promptly at 630AM and I promise by 730 we will be done and you will be able to get to work on time. One thing I can guarantee you is when you leave you will have a better understanding of what biblical manhood looks like! I can’t think of a better way to close out the week! I hope to see you there…. Check out this video…
I posted yesterday regarding this new Pastor Led Bible Study being offered at Mobberly Baptist Church beginning tomorrow at 6:30 AM at the Crossing. I want you to know that I have heard from some of you about it being too early. Or perhaps you are already committed to work related responsibilities. Perhaps some of you men are just contemplating whether or not it will be worth showing up for.
Let me give you some assurance. It has long been the vision of ManChurchETX to encourage men to participate in local churches where they can actively grow in the Lord. I want you to know that this is exactly what is being offered here at Mobberly. Pastor Glynn Stone has diligently prepared nine biographical surveys of nine godly men straight from the pages of Scripture. These surveys are going to speak great truths into your lives! I personally guarantee it! Personally I can’t wait to be spiritually fed myself!
So men here you go! It’s time to make a commitment! Just put on your big boy britches; throw on a baseball cap; grab some coffee; and head over to Mobberly Baptist Church in the morning! We are going to dive into God’s Word and truly be blessed!
Who is with me? Check out this video
Ok men… Do I have a great opportunity for those of you who are in the Longview area over the next nine weeks. Starting this Thursday at 6:30 AM at Mobberly Baptist Church in the Crossing, Dr. Glynn Stone, pastor at Mobberly will be leading a Men’s Bible study that will examine the lives a nine men in the Bible. This Bible study will challenge men to lead godly lives. It will show us practically what it takes be Mighty Men of God!
Its format is really simple. Just the way men like it. Once a week early enough for you to come and participate and still be done in time to get to work. Pastor Glynn will start promptly at 6:30 and will be done 7:30 sharp. Too early? Come on… Man Up! This is a Bible Study for men aimed at directly impacting their lives for the Gospel of Christ!
ManChurchETX is personally inviting all our men that can be a part of this study to come on out! I promise you will not be disappointed. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
Here is a personal invitation from Pastor Glynn
I would like to hear from you if you are planning on attending. Just comment on this post… “I’ll be there!” It is going to be amazing! Check out this video to get you fired up! See you Thursday at 6:30 at Mobberly!
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