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Man Pants: Men of the Church


Role Five: Men of the Church

Session Nine
Discussed at Men to Men, May 13

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. (Ephesians 4:11–16, ESV)

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—-in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:10–11, ESV)

Recommended Resources


 The following recommendations are not the only good resources on the subject but are those that the elders found to be helpful in their own thinking about men who are part of the universal Church and involved in the local church.


Milk:

  • Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:4-28; 1 Peter 4:10-11
  • Stop Dating the Church by Josh Harris (Amazon)
  • “The Lord’s Day” (blog post series online)

Meat:

  • Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever (Amazon)
  • The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne (Amazon)
  • Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch (Amazon)
  • The New Testament Deacon by Alexander Strauch (Amazon)

Other:

  • Our Worship by Abraham Kuyper (Amazon)
  • “Boom!” (sermon series about corporate worship online)
  • Brothers, We Are Not Professionals by John Piper (Amazon)
  • The Master’s Plan for the Church by John MacArthur (Amazon)
  • Why We Love the Church by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (Amazon)
  • “Marks of a Maturing Church” (sermon series online; PDF download)
  • “Life to Life” (sermon series online)