As defined in the Bible, manhood is a functional reality, demonstrated in a man's fulfillment of responsibility and leadership. The Bible is clear about a man's responsibility to exercise spiritual maturity and spiritual leadership. Of course, this spiritual maturity takes time to develop, and it is a gift of the Holy Spirit working within the life of the believer. The disciplines of the Christian life, including prayer and serious Bible study, are among the means God uses to mold a boy into a man and to bring about spiritual maturity…
A close look at many churches will reveal that a central problem is the lack of biblical maturity among the men of the congregation and a lack of biblical knowledge that leaves men ill equipped and completely unprepared to exercise spiritual leadership. Men must know their way around the biblical text and feel at home in the study of God's Word. They must stand ready to take their place as leaders in the local church.
While God has appointed specific officers for his church - men who are specially gifted and publicly called - every man should fulfill some leadership responsibility within the life of the congregation. For some men, this may mean a less public role of leadership than is the case with others. In any event, a man should be able to teach someone, and to lead in some ministry, translating his personal discipleship into the fulfillment of a godly call. – Al Mohler
Our weekly men’s fellowship group is part of the discipleship ministry of Pacific Hope Church. We exist to encourage and equip men to do their best to present themselves to God as one approved, workers who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15). The studies selected by the elders are designed to build men up in spiritual maturity and leadership within the church and at home.
The next study will be through, Revelation: A Shorter Commentary, by G.K. Beale ($30).
Study will meet every Thursday at 7pm from February 23-June 8.
Providing many erudite insights into John's often perplexing apocalyptic vision, G. K. Beale's monumental New International Greek Testament Commentary volume on Revelation has been highly praised since its publication in 1999. This shorter commentary distills the superb grammatical analysis and exegesis from that tome (over 1,300 pages) into a book more accessible for pastors, students, and Christians in general.
Preserving the essential content and argument from each chapter in revised form, Beale discusses Revelation verse by verse, drawing out the book's profound truths and encouragements concerning Christian life and discipleship. Following each commentary section is a set of "Suggestions for Reflection" to help readers apply that passage in Revelation to their own lives. Men should come to each study prepared for discussion with the weekly reading complete.
February 23 Introduction
March 2 No Study
March 9 Chapter 1 1:1-20
March 16 Chapter 2 2:1-2:11
March 23 Chapter 2:12-2:29
March 30 Chapter 3:1-3:22
April 6 Chapter 4:1-11
April 13 No Study
April 20 Chapter 5:1-14
April 27 Chapter 6:1-17
May 4 Chapter 7:1-17
May 11 Chapter 8:1-13
May 18 Chapter 9:1-21
May 25 Chapter 10:1-11
June 1 Chapter 11:1-13
June 8 Chapter 11:14-12:6
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