Young Men’s #32

Director:  Adam Gillespie
Theme:   Authentic Manhood

Date:   April 12-14, 2019

Verse:
1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I thought as a child, spoke as a child, and understood as a child. When I became a man, I put away childish things.”

My vision and prayer for VNTB #32 is that this weekend in April will raise up MEN of God, to begin to take their rightful place as leaders in their churches, schools, community and nation.

Defining authentic manhood is difficult because we don’t see it much in our modern progressive culture. The very idea of manhood has been emasculated, and masculinity has been under attack for quite some time. Watch prime time TV for just 2 hours and you will witness men portrayed as clueless, bumbling idiots who can’t seem to get anything right.

Authentic Manhood encompasses 4 main objectives:
1. Authentic manhood recents passivity. We refuse to live in the shadows and instead choose to stand and fight for righteousness.
2. We expect Gods greater reward. We understand that God has very definite boundaries, and obedience to those boundaries brings reward.
3. Authentic manhood accepts responsibility. We, as men understand that we have God given work to do that is part of our inner design. Work is not just our profession but includes our homes churches and communities.
4. The authentic man leads courageously. We give good direction to those we lead. Protect those we are leading and most importantly, we give those we are leading a reason to follow.

On our journey to Authentic Manhood, we can not do it alone. We need a source of strength to help establish our steps. We need a solid role model and that role model is Jesus Christ!

Jesus did not live passively or back down from his responsibilities. He went about His Father’s work obediently and with passion. He led His followers with purpose and compassion.

If you want to see what authentic manhood is, don’t look to a TV or movie screen. Don’t look to me or even the pulpit. Instead, look to the only perfect man. Look where He put Himself. Look to the cross. Providing the ultimate example of leadership and love. Laying down His life for ours.

Please join us on our journey to Authentic Manhood, beginning April 12th, 2019.

Adam Gillespie
Director, Young Men’s VNTB #32