Why Men Need to be in Discipling Groups – Part 7

One man in 10 will have a biblical worldview

Remember we are talking about men in the church.  So why is it that only one man in ten who attends church will have a biblical worldview?  Don’t they hear the gospel message and the truth of God’s Word preached every Sunday?  Don’t they associate with others who attend church in social gatherings?  Don’t they volunteer for ministry opportunities orchestrated by the church?  Then why is it that so many men do not have a biblical worldview?

I will surmise that it is because these men are probably living a life as ‘Cultural’ Christians.  They either have a ‘counterfeit faith’ or a ‘defeated faith’ as Jesus described in the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8.

It is correct to believe that once saved a person is always saved.  Christ affirms this by saying, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand” John 10:27-28.

We in the church, though, failed when we have perpetuated the attitude of cultural Christianity by telling people all they need to do to be saved is “pray a prayer.”  And when you talk to people in the church it seems everyone has “prayed a prayer.”  But most people in the church do not live any differently than people who are not in the church.  We need to understand that prayer doesn’t save; faith saves.  Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Now Jesus in His Parable of the Sower was using a person sowing seeds to explain the different types of people who hear the Word of God.  In Luke 8:13 Jesus said, “And the ones (speaking of the seeds of the sower) on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy.  But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.”  These people are experiencing Counterfeit Faith.

In reality they are not Christians, their faith is not a genuine faith in Christ.  Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).  “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

These are most likely individuals who the church has helped in time of need and the people helped felt good.  They stuck around the church for a while until the call of the world began to pull them back into their previous lifestyle.  Or, the ones I have the most concern for, is the individual, such as myself, who grew up in church and know no other life.  They are convinced that because they have been in church all their life and have not done anything against the church’s teaching they are a Christian and will be going to heaven.  Both of these are people who have never surrender to Christ having placed their faith in Him.  Jesus will look upon these with Counterfeit Faith and said, “I never knew you; depart from me” (Matthew 7:23).

Then there are those who Jesus described in verse 14 of Luke 8, And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.”  These are Christians who have experienced saving faith but are living a defeated life.  They have fruit but the call of the world is preventing their fruit to grow.

A Christian who is living a defeated life shows little difference in their lifestyle from the lifestyle of a person who makes no claim to be in Christ.  In fact, some may wonder if they are even truly
a Christian.  They never understood, perhaps because they have never been told (discipled), the difference between what it means to be a cultural Christian versus a biblical Christian.  There is little difference in the way these Christians spend their money or time from the way non-Christians spend their money or time.  For a group of people whose primary commission is to be salt and light to a broken world, these Christians does little to present a viable alternative to an empty lifestyle.

Dale Forehand, in his book Often Told – Rarely Trained makes this statement about himself, “Men have been often told but rarely trained.  I know this to be true because it was true for my life, even though I had been raised in church, heard countless sermons, sat through thousands of SunDiscipleship Groupday school lessons, and served on countless committees, not once did I ever feel adequate or qualified.  I felt untrained to be the spiritual leader of my home, in my friendships, at my workplace, and my wife and children.”  How many of us could said the same about ourselves?

Many have never been taught how to have a meaningful devotion time to internalize the Word of God.  Men often get together to do manly things like; hunt, play or watch sports, fish, even eat.  But rarely are men encouraged or taught the necessity for men to gather together for the purpose of being discipled.

Though people may attend church services and listen to messages, this is not sufficient to be trained in biblical principles and have an understanding of a biblical worldview.  People need to be in small groups and discipling relationships.  We need to be pouring into each other’s lives.    If you are not, I want to encourage you to be in one.  Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:8, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves.”  Paul and his team were ready to pour their own lives into others for the purpose of helping others to grow in maturity with the Lord.

Lamentations 3:40 tells us, “Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord.”  Examine yourselves and determine if you have a counterfeit faith or a defeated faith.  If it is a counterfeit faith surrender yourself to God, repent and ask for forgiveness and God will forgive you.  Then tell someone and get yourself into a discipleship group so you can be discipled.

If it is a defeated faith, you too need to completely surrender yourself to God, ask God for forgiveness of the lifestyle you have lived.  Tell someone and get yourself into a discipleship group to help you live the life Christ expects us to live.  To be the salt and light to a lost and dying world.  To strive to be “imitators of God” (Ephesians 5:1).  God loves you with an everlasting love and wants to be reconcile with you.

Men need to be discipled to help build a healthy biblical world view.

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