Every two months on the third Sunday of the month at 7pm.
CALLED TO THE WORKPLACE
Bishop Wayne Malcolm
(Hosted by Men’s Ministry Leader, Goodeson Williams)
The church traditionally tends to draw more women than men, and as a result nurtures the growth of women at a greater rate than men. As Christians we naturally grow old but we don’t automatically grow up in Christ. It takes good, solid biblical teaching to nurture each Christian along with loving fellowship to help them mature in Christ. Many men go through the motions of sitting through services, listening to sermons and going back into the world untouched and unmoved by what they have heard. They lag behind spiritually because the message has no relevance to their lives. And as a result they end up falling asleep spiritually both during the services and in their lives. They need to be woken up spiritually as This is why it is the vision of Men’s Ministry at Gospel Temple to help our male members grow in their knowledge and understanding of the bible with each service in order for their own spiritual development to become mature men in Christ.
A SENSE OF CONVICTION
‘In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.’
There are some men in the church who should be much further on in their spiritual journey than they are at the moment. They have become weak because of a lack of progress and growth in their faith. Some have never move beyond baby talk even though they have been a Christian for years, perhaps decades. The Sunday sermons have been no comfort to them as the message has not spoken into their situation. They have wasted years attending services only to end up with a static form of Christianity. When the world sees them they wonder why Christians have such a low impact in society. It is as though the church is in retreat because of a lack of conviction. But the objective of the Men’s Ministry at Gospel Temple is to bridge that gap between infancy and maturity by helping its male members understand the word of God so that they can understand themselves.
The bible is a mirror where we can see ourselves in the people of God. With good biblical teaching you should be able to identify yourself with any of the characters in scriptures. Anything that we have been through has already been experienced by someone in God’s word.
SOLID FOOD FOR THE MATURE
‘But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.’
All of our life experieces are in the bible, and all of us need to feed on God’s word on a daily basis so that we can grow and mature. It is the most relevant book that you will find on the planet, but it does need to be unpacked by solid biblical teaching in church. Without that, Christians can suffer from under-development and malnourishment.
‘My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth, and someone should bring him back…will save him from death and cover a multitude of sins.’
A LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
‘..my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.’
The northern kingdom of Israel was taken into captivity by the Assyrians in 722BC because of a lack of knowledge. The priests and leaders of the nation were not teaching the people the law of Moses, and as a result the ten tribes of Israel were destroyed.
A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING
‘..my people will go into exile for lack of understanding.’
If the bible is not taught in an engaging and relevant way in church, then the members are in danger of drifting into spiritual exile because of a lack of understanding. This is what has happened to a lot of men in the church who have ended drifting from place to place in spiritual exile. It is the objective of the Men’s Ministry at Gospel Temple to provide the nourishment to help our male members grow into mature men of Christ.
Lord, we pray for spiritual growth,
to prevent our brothers wandering from the faith.
Help us to reach out to those who are drifting,
so that they can be restored and recommissioned.
Forgive us not knowing what we ought to know,
but help us to know what we hope to,
and strengthen us as we learn more,
than what we used to know.
In Jesus name,