2 Corinthians 3:1-3 (below)
…Do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
When I look at all the great ministries in the Central District that men are investing in, I’m amazed. Here are a few examples:
Phil Lohmeyer heads up the Central District’s Disaster Response and was part of the relief effort in Houston. Josh Franks and Clint Bieri train people for ministry leadership in LEAD. John Frank manages Missionary Wheels to provide transportation for the district’s International Workers. Paul Huneycutt, Ben Roberts, and Chris Massey oversee exciting ministries in Envision Cleveland. CAMA Services deploy workers to hurricane-damaged areas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Leonard Tanks, Jr. at Hope Alliance Bible Church wants businessmen to come along side of him to move men off the streets and into jobs. There are more ministries I could name (my apologies) but you get my point. The opportunities are many and real.
In 2 Corinthians 3, Paul shows us we don’t have to do it all. We are a letter from Christ. What does a letter do?
A letter makes personal contact with someone. To whom do you devote your time and efforts? That focus becomes your ministry.
You become its letter. You should sense that Jesus is sending you to this particular ministry. Are you stamped and sent?
You bring with you the results of someone’s investment into you. Your training, skills, and character that you gained are your gifts to others. How will you apply them?
Letters have words. They communicate love. You communicate Jesus Christ. Is your message clear about Jesus?
A quote from the movie Ever After sums it up well. In one scene, Prince Henry of France rushes into the King’s bedroom and announces, “I used to think that if I cared about anything, I would have to care about everything, and I'll go stark raving mad.”
You can’t do it all. You don’t have to do it all. The Father asks only that you be ONE letter from Jesus.
To Take Away
· Men’s Ministry leaders, what one ministry can your men’s group make personal? Describe what that might look like.
· Guide the men in your group through prayer and Bible study to find their ministry purpose.
· Work together to discover the physical resources, training, and planning they’ll need to succeed in this ministry.
· Train your men in the message and character of Jesus Christ. Set the expectation to share Jesus with others. Develop their strengths. Encourage practice and repetition.
· Stay focused on one ministry until Jesus leads you to another. Don’t distract or exhaust your men.
Let Les McMahan, Jim Boscaljon or myself know what we can do to assist you in your ministry. We can pray with you, help you find options for your men’s ministry or connect you to other men’s groups in the district for support.
By Mike Brue
Mike Brue - Alliance Men's Ministry, Secretary and Resource Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, 740-398-7835
Les McMahan and Jim Boscaljon - Co-Directors of Alliance Men Ministries, email@example.com