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Churching Men

Here’s where the going gets tough. Teaching men, yet alone those who have been engaged in the worst of this culture, takes time and talent. Otherwise intelligent and clever converts won’t immediately understand or agree with all of their new life. Some blessed and blessing man will have to explain and teach the fine art of Godly living.

It is necessary to teach willful men obedience. Pleasure seekers must be transformed into modest, temperate men. Addicts must learn to reject every dependence, except Jesus Christ.

Men, no matter how they growl, respond to grace. Some time in their lives, all brothers need a kind, guiding, hand. Newborn saints need their teachers to have respectful patience, if nothing else.

We may never know what kind of “boot camp” David ran for his recruits. I’m sure some lost heart when they learned what would be expected of them. Still, 400 men stayed the course and were transformed.

A newborn saint needs more care and teaching than at any other time of his Christian life. As leaders in God’s Church, it’s our job to help men learn Scripture and reach maturity in Christ Jesus. By teaching and training early and well, we can help men live long and fruitful lives as Christian saints.

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children (Hosea 4:6 KJV).

Knowledge is power. A man full of Scripture and the Holy Spirit is a threat to the enemy and a champion for the Kingdom. Are the powerful emerging around you?

Mentoring Men

Mentoring is an intimate teaching and leading relationship. After initial discipleship, men still need someone to guide them into the deep waters of God. A mentor takes on that role, selflessly helping a man becomes what God intends for him.

Each man who comes to God has a unique personality and set of gifts. No matter how many times you refine copper, it will not become steel. Every life and soul has a God-given set of attributes. It is a mentor’s job to help a fellow saint become the type of man God intends him to be.

And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength (Isaiah 49:5 KJV).

Investing in the lives of men may not seem to have immediate return. As Christian leaders invest in God’s men, God will not fail to invest in His faithful leaders. There may be a gap between sowing and the reaping. Stay the course.

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About the Author: Kirk Wesley Hunt, MBA, is part of Tucson Church International in Tucson Arizona. He is the author of Soldiers Of The Kingdom: Reclaiming the World for God (CadreMen Press, 2002) and Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). He publishes a weekly devotional at: devotionals.cadremenpress.com.

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