Throughout history it has been the men who were the pace setters when it comes to gospel outreach. Men lead the way, pave the path and lay the foundation for the church to follow. As a pastor I have shared my heart and the gospel doctrine with the men of our church for the last several weeks and now I am calling on them to share with me in the work of the gospel. I am pleading with our men to commit with me to these three basic Christian commands:
1. Study the gospel – Become a man who knows how to tell the gospel
2. Share the gospel – Become a man who weekly tells the gospel to strangers
3. Show the gospel – Become a man who lives the life of the gospel before others
Paul told Timothy in II Tim. 2:2 that: the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Our church men will cease to exist if we are not willing to overcome our fears and commit ourselves to daily radical gospel proclamation. This mission will never be accomplished by lone rangers but by faithful men who are accountable to each other for the sake of the gospel. We need each other to be successful in this work. Paul was a spiritual giant in the early church, but even Paul admitted that he couldn’t administer the gospel alone: he needed help! Paul’s final words to the men in 1 Corinthians 16 was:
13 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
14 Let all that you do be done with love.
15 I urge you, brethren --- you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints ---
16 that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.
17 I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
Paul said the things that were lacking the men took care of and because of that his soul was refreshed. The church in Corinth desperately needed those men to lead and lead they did. At The Cross Church we need men like that of Paul’s day. Men who will Watch over the needs of the church and the lost of their city. Men who will stand fast in the faith and doctrine that has been passed down to us by other faithful men. Men who will be brave, and be strong in the face of this fearful ministry of the gospel. Men who will look back to our founding church fathers and say: “By God’s grace we will do that!” Paul needed to remind the Christians living in Thessalonica what kind of men it took to start the church there. He told them in 1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake. For the sake of the Thessalonica church plant the men preached the gospel in power and in the filling of the Holy Spirit. This is the kind of men we need today if a new church will be planted in this city. Men who will go to the streets and preach Jesus until they come, men who will pray on their knees until He answers, men who will serve until their Master returns. As Jesus sent out His disciples two by two I am calling on the men in our church to seek out and find an accountability partner who will help you in your great commission ministry. Someone who will go with you to seek and to save those who are perishing in our city. Someone you can pray with about the needs of the lost. Someone who will keep you accountable to the ministry God has called us Christian men to. Men, we need each other and our city needs us to work together for the glory of Christ and the mission of the gospel. I your pastor am commissioning you to obey Christ’s command and GO!