a great start to Wild at Heart

This morning about 65 men were with us as we kicked off this adventure into Wild at Heart.  If you missed today, please join us next week.  I sense there are more men in our midst that need to be a part of this.  If you have the book, please read chapter 1 for next week and please bring a notebook/journal and pen so you can jot down some notes.

We are so excited as we launch into this new frontier.  This is a quest.  It is an adventure and we really believe your life may never be the same after taking this journey with us.  That’s our prayer!  Our hope is that you will come out of this “alive and free and true”.

As we prepared for this first session, a very common theme emerged from various places and that is “New frontiers”.

First, the weekly podcast from Mosaic talked about 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.  The old has gone, the new is here.”   Get this — this isn’t a future tense thing…it is now.  It isn’t some point out way out there.  It isn’t “someday” when you finally get your act together.  It isn’t once you’ve learned enough or done enough.

It is now.  The “new is here” … now.  The new frontier is here for you … right now, today.  This is a fresh beginning, a new start and “blank slate” to truly hear what God says about you as an authentic man of Christ.  How exciting is that?

Second affirmation of the message – a quote that John used in December that really stuck with me at the retreat and that is on the first page of the book“The spiritual life cannot be made suburban.  It is always frontier.  We who live in it must accept and even rejoice that it remains untamed.”

Lastly – from Ransomed Heart’s monthly letter – he talks about the Chronicles of Narnia and the Hobbit – where innocent people were called out of their comfort zones and into very epic situations, situations where “you will never be the same” afterwards.  Why is it that God seems to call us out of our comfort zones?  Because God is growing us all up.  “It helps us to understand why Jesus keeps changing the picture in our lives; he keeps introducing “new frontiers” to each of us.  Just when you think you’ve got parenting down, your kids enter into a new stage; just when you think you’ve got a pretty good grasp on your inner world, Jesus shows you something that needs healing.  Relationships are always changing; church life changes; your body, your income – my goodness, can you think of anything that doesn’t change?  And have you wondered why?  Why does God arrange for new frontiers to always be cropping up in our lives?  Because God is growing us all up.”

“New frontiers” is a great intro to Wild at Heart.  We are pushing here into some vast new frontiers together and our lives may never be the same.  Lord may it be so!

Movie clips – we showed this clips this morning.  Watch them and see what they stir in you…

What do they stir in you as man?  The hero inside you, just waiting to be awakened?  A beauty to rescue?  A band of brothers?  Excurvatus ex se – a life lived outward?

These stories call to us as men.  They awaken us, awaken the soul of a man.  Why is that?  These stirrings/longings you have as a man are there for a reason.  These scripts were written this way because the writers share the same longings you have – that you would live your life fully alive, outwardly for others and live in freedom, alive and true. Psalm 119 says – “I run the the path of your commands because you have set my heart free.”

This is where we are going on this adventure this winter/spring – to set the hearts of men free.  May God bless and guide us in this new frontier.



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