Scripture says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” (Prov 27:17)
Pastor Steve and I are looking for some men in our church that would be interested in receiving some “sharpening.”
By sharpening I mean spiritual mentoring, discipleship, accountability, and mutual encouragement and edification. We really believe these are some of the main means that God uses to facilitate stronger and healthier spiritual lives.
At the beginning of 2016, we launched our Men’s Discipleship Groups (MDGs) Several men got involved and I believe it was an encouraging and profitable experience. In September we’ll be relaunching these groups.
Whether you’ve been a Christian for a little while or you’ve been journeying for a long time, it would be our privilege to journey with you on a more personal basis.
MDGs consists of very small groups of men meeting weekly or bi-weekly. Each group would include one of the pastors, (Steve or me). We know that different people have different times that work best for them, and Steve and I want to be flexible and we’ll try to form groups that meet at times that are convenient for everyone who is interested.
While I envision some common denominators between these groups that would include prayer, Bible, and general spiritual accountability and support, what each group will specifically do will be largely dependent on who is in these groups, and what the specific needs and interests are of the men who want to be a part of a group.
For example, if there are men who are interested in more theological training, Steve or myself might take a couple of guys through a study using Wayne Grudem’s book, “Systematic Theology.”
If there are men in the church who want help being a better husband, Steve and I would make sure when meeting with those men that there would be some sort of focus or study on marriage that would be included in at least a part of our meetings.
Maybe there are guys who want to be stronger in the area of sexual purity. We want to help men grow in that area.
Perhaps you don’t have specific preferences or ideas of what you want to focus on. That’s fine. some of these groups may simply go through a book of the Bible together. Steve and I love doing that.
Regardless, Steve and I are eager to connect with the men of the church and shepherd you in a more direct and personal way. We want to encourage you in the Lord and help you grow in Christ in any way we can, and we count it as a privilege to invest in your lives.
Some of you are already part of a Men’s Discipleship Group and those groups will continue until you finish your current study.
However, if you are not presently part of a group, and would like to join one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will also be a signup sheet in the back of the sanctuary on Sunday. Just let us know your availability, and if you’d like to be in a group with a specific topical focus such as theological training, marriage, or anything else. If you just want to get with some guys and you don’t care about the specific focus, that’s great. We’ll find a group to connect you with.
Steve and I are looking forward to connecting with more of our men and be a source of encouragement and edification for you.
Grace and Peace,