Restrained Living in an Unrestrained World (26 of 31) by John Barnett

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Restrained Living in an Unrestrained World (26 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
June 15, 2008

If we gathered every young man in the church to give them the most important Biblical lesson they would ever get-what would that lesson be?

If we had only one shot at preparing a class to teach young Christian men, that would prepare them for a life of blessing, a life of spiritual influence, and show them the pathway to spiritual maturity-what would be the topics we shared?

These are the types of questions that Sunday School teachers, youth workers, and pastors often ponder.

The good news today is, that God already thought of those questions. He actually moved upon Paul the Apostle's heart and poured out the Holy Spirit through Paul's mind into a letter. God has a wonderful plan for Christ's Church.

As we open to Titus 2, we see what He wrote down 2,000 years ago. This is the plan God has energized men and women to accomplish as His work, in every part of this world, against every obstacle, for every generation. The Lord wants us:

Training Tomorrow's Godly Men Today

God's plan is all about personal, face-to-face training.

Just as a baby needs nurturing, feeding, protection, and care-so every person born into God's family is to be nurtured, fed, trained, and cared for by matured believers until they grow enough to care for another.

Just as a baby that never grows and matures is considered sick, so any believer that doesn't grow and mature is also sick.

But in the church often people are physically well and mature, yet if we could see them spiritually they are stunted, weak, under-developed, and sick.

What was God's plan for this need of spiritual nurture? He called the plan "making disciples", and He made that the one goal for everyone in His family.

If you understand the Titus 2 model, you understand that this was the simple discipleship curriculum of the early church. Early missionary pioneers used this method. They t ...

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