by Jerry Watts

Map to Manhood
Jerry Watts
John 8:30-32

Today we celebrate "Father's Day." It is a day we set aside to do what the Bible commands us to do every day, that is, "Honor our Father." When God gave this command to Moses, in Exodus 20, He tied with it an unusual add-on of a promise. Ex 20:12 "Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the LORD your God is giving you." The Psalmist tells us this is the first commandment with a promise. The promise is a long life and a home that God gives.

Today I offer a much needed word to our men (Fathers, Grandfathers, Great-Grand-fathers, Step Father, Father's-in-law, and even Fathers to be). Here is my question: What does it mean to be a man? I'm talking about a male person whom God calls a man? What is your idea of this?

Turn with me and let's read John 8:30-32 (READ) 30 As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. 31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. 32 You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

As I have prayed about today, I have sensed one of the gifts I can give to our men on this Father's day is a Map to Manhood. Almost 2 dozen of our men spent 6 months in study 2 years ago discovering what it means to be a Biblically authentic man. Our text tells us, one and all, that if we are true disciples then we will be consistently in His word which will result in a clear understanding of Biblical truth and that truth will set us free. Today, let's spend our time in His word and consider some thought about manhood.

1. The Misunderstanding about Manhood - In Men's Fraternity, Robert Lewis tells us that 'Men are confused.' Some may ask, "About what?" And the answer would be 'about what constitutes a REAL MAN." There are three types of men whom the world seems to think is "right on."

a. Dictating - This is the man who is taught that to BE A MAN, you have to be ...

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