The MAN Hour

Last night, twenty-six men gathered at Heather Hills for the first meeting of the MAN Hour.  As is evidenced by the title, the MAN Hour is for MEN who love the Lord, His Word, and His Church.  We spent some time in fellowship and enjoying pizza, then studied Titus 1, and conducted an interview with deacon Greg Clark.  The hour went quickly and everyone seemed hungry for more...fellowship that is, not just pizza!  The MAN Hour is open to any guys who would like attend; we meet the 2nd Monday of each month from 6-7 PM in the Youth Center.

Here are the notes from this month's study and a couple pictures from the first meeting:

The Man Hour #1—Titus 1:1,

Following Paul’s Example.

Who is Paul?

Is He to be emulated?  Why?

Are there ways that we can’t emulate Paul?

How does Paul describe Himself in Titus 1:1?

1. As a slave of God.
2. As an apostle (a commissioned officer) of Jesus Christ.
3. As one motivated by the message of Jesus Christ.
    a. For the sake of the faith of God’s elect (believers and those who will believe).
    b. And their (believers and unbelievers) knowledge of the truth.
    c. Which accords with godliness.
    d. In hope of eternal life.

If Christians are to emulate Paul then do you see yourself as a slave of God?

If Christians are to emulate Paul then do you see yourself as a messenger of Jesus Christ?

If Christians are to emulate Paul then do you have the same motivation as Paul?

Are you motivated by the sake of others’ faith?  Do you want to see others faith strengthened?

  • Are you motivated by others’ knowledge of the truth?  Do you want to see others grow in their knowledge of God and His Word?

  • Are you motivated by godliness in others?  Do you want to see others be more godly?

  • Are you motivated by seeing the hope of eternal life in others?

What to do if you answer ‘no’ to these questions?

1. Repent.  Turn away from going your own way.  Follow Paul as He follows Christ.
2. Begin to see yourself as a slave of God.  What He says I do, what he says not to do I don’t do.
3. Begin to see yourself as a commissioned officer.  There are no ‘armchair Christians’.  If you are not in the game then you are not on the team.

Focus on eternity and don’t get so caught up on earthly matters.  Col. 3:1-2, “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory (Colossians 3:1-2 ESV).”


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