A call to Awaken

As we kicked off Manschool, Keith challenged us as men to AWAKEN.  It is a call to the “more”.  It is easy to become complacent.  It’s easy to come to Manschool and drift away or to come and just “sit”.  We all have time.  We don’t think we do.  In fact, one of the primary excuses we use is “I’m just too busy” but now really, think about that.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the ESPN app exist … if only to prove … that we do indeed have time.  We waste so much of our life scrolling through the internet but have “no time” to go after relationship with God?  No time to invest in our faith?  No time to come to Manschool and engage in community?

We are in a call to Awakening.  To be awakened to the greatness of God and the knowledge that the Creator of the universe loves us deeply.  He cares.  He absolutely loves me as a child.  He knows me, claims me and delights in me.

To be awakened to His Lordship – that you were bought at price and belong to Him.  You are not made to live independently.  It is one of the traps of manhood, we think we’re supposed to be tough, fierce and independent.  No, you are designed to be dependent … dependent on Him, dependent on community.

Awakened to Holiness – the true state of our soul is one of brokenness.  Fear, anxiety, loneliness – these are symptoms of this life in this culture.  Holiness calls us to more.  It calls us to be fully alive.  That the very Glory of God is man “fully alive”.  The fully alive man rejects compromise.  He will not compromise his integrity.  And awakened in Boldness – the fully alive man has had the chains come off, is confident in his Father and is enabled to Rise UP.  That man will become bold in his leadership and we need the men of this church to lead.

Lastly, that we’d be awakened to the needs around us.  The truth is, most men you know are completely lost.  They are blind to how bound up they are to things of this world.  Our task is to go get those men and get those men into our midst so they experience Tribe and the beauty of what God is doing in our group.  That is Excurvatus Ex Se – a life live outward.

Let me say this – Manschool is a privilege.  There are men all over this country that long for a group like we have.  50-60-70 men a week experience Manschool and clearly, God has moved and blessed our Tribe.  Fight for this.  Don’t take it for granted.  Don’t let complacency set in.  This is a privilege, it is a blessing and it is quite special.  Fight for it.

Lastly, Keith reminded us the name Adam means “remember”.  God named him knowing what was to come, knowing the challenges he’d face and the enemy he’d battle.  God’s call was to “remember”.  Chaos is going to come to your life.  Trust me.  I’m living it right now in mine.  Some of you are too.  You’ve got stuff flying at you from all over and it is easy to find yourself not knowing which end is up.  You’ll stop investing in your faith as you put fires out and instead of being proactive, you’ll become reactive.  The enemy, at that point, has you back on your heels with your back against the ropes.  You’ll withdraw from community and bunker yourself and in so doing, set yourself up for the knockout punch.  Adam failed to “remember” and he let Eve take a bite.  Every one of us is like Adam.  We go passive and then we hide.  It’s time to be bold and step out of the fear of the unknown – the fear of leading our wives spiritually, the fear of leading in the market place.  For us to be the men God intends for us to be, we’ve got to fight through our brokenness to get through to the Truth.

There is tremendous power in doing this together.  There is power in Tribe and getting to the place where we know, “I can’t do it without them”.  We need you to Rise UP.  Come along.  We’ll do this together.

Manschool starts back Jan 25th

The Tribe will come back together on Wednesday January 25th at 6am.

This season of Manschool will be quite a bit different than the past.  It’s going deeper.  To get the most out of this, you’re going to need to commit.  Rather than “sitting”, you’re going to need to be “all in”.

It is time to step it UP a notch.  The men of Christ Community need to stepUP into the “more” we talk so frequently about.  God is stirring and moving in our church.  The Prayer Week this past week was A M A Z I N G.  It wasn’t prayer … it was revival.  Frankly, I hope this is how we do Prayer week from now on.  If you were there, you were richly fed and I think you felt the Father’s presence.

I only went to the last two of the four sessions.  It was an “investment” to commit to go and man, what a return on investment I got.  I wish I had done all four.

I say that as an analogy to what you can expect in Manschool this Spring.  To receive, you’re going to have to invest.  We’ll be more in the Word than previous sessions.  There will be more teaching and less videos.  The small groups are going to be even more important and the group leaders will shoulder more of the responsibility.  You will need be prepared to dig deep, bring your Bible and a notebook.  If you will do the work, you’ll see the reward.

I am excited but I am also in awe of what is to come.  I am humbled.  My word for 2017 is “Dirt”.  Touched on this some in last few Manschool’s but boy, God has really been after me on this since we last gathered.  Dirt.  You ride along on the high horse of who you are.  The education you have, the job, the home, the friends, the family … the man.  And the longer you ride that horse, the more you forget about God.  The more you lose sight of gratitude and the harder it is to grasp Grace.  And then, if you’re lucky, God comes along and knocks you off that high horse.  Pardon my French but He knocks your ass off the horse.  Face down in the dirt.  Lip bleeding , eyes crusted with tears and dirt, you start to lift your head up out of the dirt.  And Jesus is there extending a hand, “Get up son, we’ve got some things to talk about.”  And in that process, your world is realigned.  You see just how far off the mark you’ve been.  You see the posing.  You see how you value things more than you value Him.  You see how a few nights at worship is FAR more satisfying than “I’m tired and just want to come home from work and veg out”.  When we have these Saul to Paul moments, God is reshaping us and turning us away from the path of our choosing and placing us on the path He needs us to serve on.  It isn’t fun.  No fun.  But after this thing happens, you start to understand gratitude a bit better and you are reintroduced to Grace.  None of us deserve anything we have.  It all belongs to God.  Your money, your job, your church, your children, your future.  It’s all His.  And when we start to think it’s all about us, we’re in deep trouble.

God is stirring.  He is moving.  These next two years at Christ Community are going to be amazing.  An Awakening has been started and it’s going to be terrifying, thrilling, life-altering and community-changing.

the question for you is – are you willing to do the hard work?  will you invest?  will you go wherever He sends you or give up all that you think you must have to follow Him?