What is so special about men coming together studying God's Word anyway?

Galatians 6:1-2English Standard Version (ESV) Bear One Another's Burdens 6 Brothers,[a] if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Act like men

James 5:19-20English Standard Version (ESV)

19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

What is so special about men anyways?  Why are they so important in building God's Kingdom?  Why does God decide to use you and I in His plan?  Why does he make men the leader of the house?

Some statistics cited by Man in the Mirror:

Men’s Statistics Gathered by Man in the Mirror (with sources)  113,000,000 men in America 15 years of age and older.1  69,000,000 of these men make no profession of faith in Christ.2  Only 6,000,000 men are involved in discipleship or spiritual formation—1in 18 men. Imagine putting a football team on the field, and only one player had studied the playbook.3  As many as 70% of men seek out pornography.  As many Christians will divorce as non-Christians (34% vs. 33% according to Barna).  40% to 50% of recent marriages will end in divorce according to the United States Census Bureau.4  4 out of 5 students in evangelical churches will drop out of church by their senior year in high school (Howard Hendricks).  We have become a fatherless nation. 33%5 of the 72 million children in America will go to bed tonight without their biological father in the home.  73% of households with children under 18 headed by married couples (vs. 91% in 1960); 27% households headed by single parents.6  Nuclear families comprise less than 23.5% of households.7  40% of Busters raised by divorced or separated parents.8  More than 50% children born in 1990s spend part childhood in single parent home.9 10  Two years after a divorce only 53% of children see their non-custodial parent on a monthly basis. Ten years after the divorce on 28% have monthly contact. 11  66% children born in America will not live with both biological parents through the age of eighteen.12

--- Male Population 113,00,000 men 15 and older as of 2004, 10,600,000 were 15 – 19 years of age, and 10,800,000 were 20 – 24 years of age. http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/tables/06s0011.xls , retrieved September 29, 2006. 2 Estimate based on 39% indicating “born again.”  39% of Americans describe themselves as “a born again Christian.” (2001)  Two-thirds of Americans (66%) say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that is still important in their life today. (2001)  Half of those who attend a Christian church (49%) say that they are absolutely committed to the Christian faith, and another 36% say that they are moderately committed. (2001)  Commitment to the Christian faith changes considerably with age. Of those who attend church, only 34% of Busters say they are absolutely committed to the Christian faith, compared to 52% of Boomers, 63% of Builders, and 70% of Seniors. (2001) Retrieved from Barna at http://www.barna.org/cgi-bin/PageCategory.asp?CategoryID=19 3 Male Discipleship Per Barna:  Of the 16% of churched adults involved in discipleship, 69% rely upon small groups for their growth.(2000)  Of the 16% of churched adults involved in discipleship, one-fifth (20%) rely upon Sunday school and 11% attend other classes to grow spiritually. (2000) http://www.barna.org/cgi-bin/PageCategory.asp?CategoryID=9 *The following two stats do not take into consideration how participation in discipleship may vary by gender: 16% of America’s 38,880,000 men who attend church in discipleship = 6,000,000 69% of 6,000,000 in small groups = 3,500,000 4 Garbarino, J. 1992. Children and Families in the Social Environment. New York: Aldine de Gruyter (p. 87). 5 Living Arrangements of Children [Electronic version]. U. S. Census Bureau, U. S. Department of Commerce. April, 1996. 6 The Family Portrait (The Family Research Council), 14. 7 “The Changing American Family,” New York Times, May 18, 2001, retrieved from Internet June, 2003. 8 Dobson, 106. 9 Ibid., 134. 10 Garbarino, J. 1992. Children and Families in the Social Environment. New York: Aldine de Gruyter (p. 87). 11 Ibid. (p. 87). 12 Dobson., 54.

When men come together and read God's word together, worship together, and share real life together:

  • Things change
  • The Holy Spirit will move
  • Lives will be changed
  • Brothers come along side one another
  • Friendships are bonded for eternity (whether we like it or not)
  • Marriages are saved
  • Marriages are renewed
  • The Church will flourish



Blessings, Dante