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Men! Man up! Will you commit to read the https://www.Know.Gd daily Bible reading with us in 2020. I promise, you will not regret it. Go to the website and subscribe right now. God's Word will give you purpose, insight, and hope for your future. Check out what Paul says about reading the Bible ...
You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom[a] you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:1-17).
We need to daily feast on God's Word. Will you read it with us? Start your day out in https://www.Know.Gd. You will be glad that you did!
"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love" (1 Corinthians 16:13-14).
Men, I challenge you to step up and lead! Lead yourself, through training in righteousness. Read God's word. Read the Puritans. Read the time-tested classics of the Christian faith. Ask Matt or Blake, and we will outfit with the good stuff. Get some face-to-face discipleship going with another spiritually-hungry dude. Lead your wife, by laying your life down for her. Cherish her. Cultivate her. Equip her to flourish. Lead your family, by speaking words of grace and truth to them. Pray for and with your family. Lead your friends, neighbors, and co-workers, by inviting them to South Church gatherings and groups. I believe in you! You can do it! By God's grace: reject passivity (1 Corinthians 16:13-14), take responsibility (Philippians 2:5-8), lead courageously (Ephesians 2:10), and expect God's greater reward (Matthew 25:21). Let's man up and do this!
"Look carefully how you walk, not a unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Our days are numbered. We only have a short time to live. Therefore, how can we best invest (and redeem) our time? Let's not waste our time on mindless social media, TV, or vain pleasures. Instead, let's invest our lives in advancing the good news of Jesus Christ. Let's advance God's kingdom in our families, neighborhoods, and city. Listen to what British Puritan, Henry Scudder, advises,
Lose not you short and precious time, with idle compliments, worldly discourses, or talking of other men's matters and faults (I Tim. 5:13); nor yet in a barren and fruitless hearing and telling of news (Acts 17:21), out of affectation of strangeness and novelty. But let the matter of your talk be, either of God, or of his word and ways, wherein you should walk; or of his works of creation, preservation, redemption, sanctification, and salvation; of his judgments which he executes in the world, and of his mercies showed towards his people: or matter of Christian advice, either of things of this life, or of that which is to come. Impart also each to other the experience and proofs you have had of God's grace and power, in your Christian warfare. And as there shall be cause, exhort, admonish, and comfort on another (I Thessalonians 5:11-14).
What timely and helpful words. Please pray for our men, women, boys, and girls. Pray that we will invest our lives in eternity, for God's glory and our abiding joy.
"When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed" (Acts 14:21-23).
The early church provides a good example for us here. The disciples proclaim the gospel. They train up new disciples. They follow-up with the new disciples to strengthen their souls. They encourage them to continue in the faith, in the midst of tribulations. They appoint new leaders. They pray, fast, and commit themselves afresh to the Lord. What timeless gospel rhythms for us to get in step with. So, how are we doing? Are we sharing the good news, making disciples, encouraging others, equipping new leaders, and praying for more commitment to Jesus? Please pray for Regina Bingham's family, Tom Sheppard's wife, family, and job, and John Michon's continued recovery. Thanks for your ministry for Jesus and His eternal kingdom!
"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another" (Proverbs 27:17).
This December, God has brought our men into a season of affliction and prayer. We pray for our families and loved ones. We lift up our parents and children. We pray for Blake's parents for health. We pray for John Michon's speedy recovery. We pray for Mike Cox's children and grand-children. We pray for Jerome and his family. We bow down to God in humble submission for more of His daily grace. We confess our sin. We repent of our doubt, unbelief, and indifference. We receive God's empowering grace.
God, make us men of action. God, help us to reject passivity. God, give us men who will step up and lead. God, grant us men who will bend down to help. God, make us men who will equip the next generation. God, raise up more men to proclaim Your glorious gospel. Amen.
"In your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God's will, than for doing evil" (I Peter 3:15-17).
We want to sincerely thank Blake Bingham and Tim Duparc for opening up their lives and homes to our Tuesday GUYS BBQ. We are grateful for their willingness to serve.
God wants to reach more men. God's heart breaks for lost men. God does want any to perish; but to come to faith and repentance. Please pray for our men! Pray that God will empower us to reach more, train more, and send out more. Pray that we would find abiding joy in glorifying God. Father God, give us the heart of our great missionary servant-king Jesus. Help us to lay down our lives in gospel service to others. Help our men to get off the bench and get in the game!
"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord" (Romans 12:9-11).
God is faithful. He continues to grow, deepen, and shepherd our men. We are seeing more men step up to lead their wives, families, and friends to walk daily with Jesus Christ. Our Guys BBQ continues to meet weekly at the Melton's and Bingham's. Tammy and Blake Bingham have been an immense blessing to our gospel family. Pray that God will bring more new men to our group. Pray that God's Spirit will equip more men to serve and lead. Pray that our men will reach out, share the gospel, and advance Christ's kingdom throughout Kerr County.
"Urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us."
Through God's sustaining grace, our Guys BBQ meets weekly at the Melton's and Bingham's. We have been faithfully challenging the brothers to: 1) reject passivity, 2) accept responsibility, 3) lead courageously, and 4) expect God's greater reward. At each gathering, Blake and Matt teach from our daily Know.Gd Bible reading. God continues to bring new friends to the group. Our hope is that we could raise up an army of compassion, courageous gospel men to impact their wives, families, children, neighbors, co-workers, bosses, fellow students, and friends for the kingdom of Christ.
Pray that our men will get equipped, mobilized, and motivated to take the gospel out to Kerrville. Pray that we would pray, invite, and witness to the good news about Jesus. We need you to pray for us. Will you pray?
"Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one" ( I Thessalonians 4:11-12). By God's grace, our Tuesday night GUYS BBQ continues to meet weekly. We are encouraging one other to lead our families, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to Jesus Christ and His glorious grace. Through answered prayer, Blake Bingham is now helping with the Bible teaching and equipping. We continue to challenge one another to love and good deeds with the Know.Gd daily Bible readings. In addition, God's Spirit convicts us or our sin, leads us to repentance, and drives us deeper in our faith and devotion to Jesus. Please pray for God to raise up more men to lead, mentor, and train others in the good news of the gospel. Pray that God will empower our men to lives of worship, sacrifice, service, and gospel mission ... for God's glory alone.
"We were children, enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, 'Abba! Father!' So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God." (Galatians 4:3-7). The men of South Church Kerrville continue to meet together weekly for outreach, discipleship, and mission. Our GUYS BBQ continues to help us sharpen and shape one another into the image of Jesus Christ. May God raise up more men with the courage to lead, through serving. May Jesus equip our men with strength, humility, and tender hearts. Please pray for more men to attend faithfully. Please pray for more men to pray for their lost friends. Please pray for more men to invite their friends, neighbors, and co-workers. And finally, please pray for more men to share the life-changing good news of salvation all around our beloved city of Kerrville.
Consider the wisdom of Agur:
"Four things are small, buy they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer; the rock badgers are a people not mighty, yet they make their homes in the cliffs; the locusts have no king, yet all of them march in rank; the lizard you can take in your hands, yet it is in king's palaces."
This new year, our men continue to meet on Tuesday nights for discipleship and equipping. We have a lot to learn. Perhaps, we can learn from four of God's small creatures. From the ant, we learn what time it is. We need to store up God's word and spirit in us during the summer; for winter is coming. From the rock badger, we learn where our security lies. We need to build our lives on the rock of God alone. He is a sure foundation that can withstand the winds and storms of our lives. From the locusts, we learn where our power is. We all need to invest our lives in community. We need the synergy of God's gospel church in our lives, homes, marriages, and families. Finally, from the lizard, we learn of our continual need for grace. Through Jesus Christ, God forgives us and reconciles us to our holy Father. Jesus gives us new hearts. Jesus gives us hearts in sync with our heavenly Sustainer. Now, we can do His will. Now, we can be useful for His kingdom. Now, we can proclaim to others; what God has done for us. God has rescued us, redeemed us, and will soon restore us into the image of his dear Son. May God capture our men's hearts, empower them with His grace, and send us on mission in this dark world with the light of salvation through Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.
Please pray for our men! God is calling and equipping our men to step up, man up, and lead sacrificially. God calls all his men to reject passivity. Paul writes in I Corinthians 16:13-4, "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." God wants his men to accept responsibility. Philippians 2:5-8 says, "Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus, who though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." God wants his men to lead courageously. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul says, "For we are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them." Finally, God wants his men to expect his greater reward. In Matthew 25:21, Jesus says, "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master." God is shaping and molding our men to serve like Jesus. This requires daily, supernatural intervention. Pray that our men will be examples of Christian servant leadership. Help us to love, because Christ loved us. Help us to give grace, like Jesus has given grace to us. Pray for more men! Pray for spirit-empowered men!
Through God's grace, we have been welcoming some new men to our Guys BBQ on Tuesday nights. Thankfully, our men are catching the vision for inviting their friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers. It is a joy to meet new friends and to try to equip them with the life-changing good news of Christ's gospel.
However, with new folks come new challenges. I would ask you to pray for our men. We are seeking to raise up men who will spiritually lead their families. We want men who will disciple and pastor their wives and children. We need men who will follow hard after God and his kingdom. We need gospel-fluent men who can lead others to the refreshing, living water of Jesus Christ. We want hard-working men, who will provide, protect, and persist in their jobs and callings. So, pray for our men.
Pray that God will reach, train up, and unleash more mature, passionate followers of Jesus Christ, for his glory. Paul reminds us in Titus 2:1-2; 6-8, "Teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness ... Urge the younger men to be self-controlled. Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity, and sound speech that cannot be condemned, so that an opponent may be put to shame, having nothing evil to say about us."
"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another." (Proverbs 27:17 - ESV)
The men of South Church Kerrville are enjoying our Tuesday night outreach called GUYS BBQ. We gather weekly to eat lots of grilled meat! Delicious! We then discuss the daily Bible reading from https://www.Know.Gd. This provides us with a steady diet of God's Word. Over time, we will be tasting, savoring, and digesting the whole counsel of God. By God's grace, we are seeing lives transformed by the redemptive power of the good news of Jesus Christ. We are asking God for more ...
If you know any men in Kerrville who need fellowship or encouragement, please point them our way. We promise to share God's Word with them, and extend the right hand of fellowship to them.
Please pray that our men will be faithful to invite their family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors to join us in Gospel community. May God be glorified as we "expect great things from God, and attempt great things for God" (William Carey, missionary to India).
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).
Our desire at South Church Kerrville is to see many people receive the great news of salvation by free grace alone. We long to help others walk daily in the light of God's sustaining grace. May God continue to allow us to join Him in redeeming and restoring His great city with the transformative power of the gospel. As Paul writes, "I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, 'The righteous will live by faith'" (Romans 1:16-17).
Our three Restore groups continue to grow and help new friends walk by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Gospel family is such a delight! Nothing is more satisfying than seeing our friends join the redemptive mission of Jesus Christ.
South Church Kerrville would like to welcome some new friends into our church family. Debbie Torres, Blake Bingham, and JD and Nellie Rogers have decided to join us. Please pray for our new friends! Pray that God would continue to shape, purify, cleanse, sanctify, equip, and mobilize them through his life-changing grace. Pray that God's Holy Spirit would fill and empower them to reach out to their family, friend, neighbors, and co-workers. May God be glorified through his church family!