The Big Idea: An intentional spiritual friendship is built over time. It’s a relationship, not a transaction.
So how exactly do men develop relationships? We tend to bond in shared experiences (verses shared conversations), and there’s a definite progression. You can see it in the way that Jesus built a seemingly random group of strangers into a band of brothers ready to die for their cause. It’s been an amazing few weeks of learning how we can engage men in discipleship! You’ll gain some new insights and tools tomorrow as we look at God’s Word together and see how Jesus himself built intentional spiritual friendships.
The Big Idea: Jesus called us to go, not to wait and see if they come to us.
In the previous two messages, we’ve been given several ways to get involved in a man’s life and help him move forward in his walk with Christ. But anyone who has ever tried to help another person knows that it almost inevitably leads to disappointment. What do we do when we want men to grow more than they want to grow? And where does the disappointment really come from?
The Big Idea: Be a friend. Pray. Serve. Give.
The challenge in the previous message, “How a Cup of Coffee Can Change the World”, was to begin the process of engaging another man in conversation and begin to get to know him.
Great. Now what?
Introducing the Next Step Triple Threat. Like the great “Read Option” offense that Tim Tebow ran as a Heisman-winning college quarterback, the Next Step Triple Threat gives you three options to pick from to continue to grow an intentional spiritual friendship with another man.
The Big Idea: God will never give you a mission without also giving you everything you need to be faithful.
We live in a broken generation because, for the most part, people have been doing what seems right in their own eyes. They have exchanged the truth of God for lies, and the glory of God for idols. They are desperately off track. And they don’t know how to get back on track. They need a message from God. It was against a similar backdrop that the Lord called Ezekiel to take God’s message to his generation. In this lesson, using Ezekiel as a foil, we’ll look at how God wants to call, equip, and send each of us to our own generation too
The Big Idea: Success that matters is to be a disciple: called to live “in” Christ, equipped to live “like” Christ, sent to live “for” Christ.
All men want to be successful. And Jesus himself promised an “abundant” life. Yet a lot of us would say our lives are anything but abundant. So what exactly did He mean? Does God want you to lead an abundant life? And if so, what steps can we take to find success that matters?
The Big Idea: You are closing in on spiritual maturity when you can say to another man, “Follow my example.”
What does it mean to be “spiritually mature?” And why do many men find spiritual maturity such a struggle? In this lesson we’re going to answer those questions AND give you a practical tool that will help you monitor and increase your own spiritual maturity.
The Big Idea: Making disciples is God’s designated way to release the power of His gospel on every problem we face.
Everyone knows we have a “men problem.” The collateral damage among women and children has been staggering–with no relief in sight. I know you care. Yet if you’re like most of us, you can’t help but wonder, What difference could I possibly make? I’m just one man. If you’ve been wondering what you can do, this is the lesson you’ve been waiting for. We each have a choice. We can sit in front of the TV and yell at the evening news, or we can do something about it.
The Big Idea: The spiritual disciplines are what differentiate men who are growing from those who are not.
Every one of us wants to grow and become spiritually mature. So why do some men thrive while others become stagnant? And why do we often feel like an invisible force is trying to hold us back? In this lesson we’re going to shine a light on what that’s all about, and what you can do about it. The good news is that no matter how much or little you know about the Christian life, you can accelerate your growth! Join us and find out the one thing that can most accelerate your spiritual growth.
The Big Idea: Don’t assume you’ve missed God’s will just because it’s hard.
Do you have a major issue or decision that keeps you up at night? Maybe you know what to do. But what if you’re not so sure–even confused? Is there a way to be sure? There is. And that’s what we’re going to talk about in this lesson. Join us as we discuss how you can be sure you are making the right decision–even when it appears to be turning out badly.
The Big Idea: To walk in the power of the Holy Spirit is the one thing that will most accelerate the fulfillment of your mission.
Do you sense God calling you to a great mission? If so, you’ve no doubt found yourself feeling compelled to act, yet not always sure about what comes next. Sometimes you may even feel like you’re being blocked. If you’re not seeing the traction you want–or even if you are, what one thing can most accelerate the fulfillment of your mission? Hint: It’s not something you do for God, but something God does for you.
The Big Idea: Meno is the one thing that will most lead to a vibrant relationship with Jesus.
What is the one thing that will most lead to a vibrant relationship with Christ? Wow! Is it even possible to answer that question? Actually, it is. And you will feel a lot more confident about how to keep your relationship vibrant after this message.
The Big Idea: The most powerful force in the world is a relationship. Men will do for love what they will do for no other reason.
Jesus understood that the most powerful force in the world is a relationship. He made building unbreakable bonds with a few men the core of His strategy. It was effective. Just hours before the crucifixion, “Peter insisted emphatically, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the others said the same” (Mark 14:31). That’s because men will do for love what they will do for no other reason. In this lesson we look at the emphasis Jesus put on relationships, the power of relationships today, and a few ways we can build healthy relationships.