God wants FBC men to be REAL (Restore, Equip, Affirm, Live)
Why RESTORE? To restore means to return to its original condition.
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).
When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God (Genesis 5:1).
We were created in the image and likeness of God…perfect in every way! However, sin entered the world through Adam and Eve and corrupted that image. Us. God isn’t finished with us, but will RESTORE us to our original condition through the second Adam, Jesus Christ.
Sin has effected all of our lives and to varying degrees and consequences. We may need light work, or may need to be completely bare and exposed inside and out for the restoration process to begin. As men, we help one another as God’s word and the power of the Holy Spirit are strip us down and transform our hearts and minds and bodies.
Why EQUIP? Equip means to prepare someone for a particular situation or purpose. When men are restored and equipped, the desired end state is transformation of our hearts and minds resulting in looking more like Christ in serving and leading. It is our goal to come along beside men and equip them (through the Word) with the tools to transform their marriage, home, church and work places.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other (John 15:16-17).
The Bible proclaims our original design…the image and likeness of God. We can’t get there on our own, but when we listen to the word of God it changes us back to the way we were made, a life of love, leadership through service. The Holy Spirit is the power to get real.
Why AFFIRM? Affirm means to declare to be true, to uphold, to confirm. The Biblical image of manhood is vastly different than that of our culture. It is a move from self-reliance to dependence on God.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:5-8).
As men embrace the process of restoration and equipping, we need to be affirmed by other Christian men, our Church and spouse that the Biblical image of manhood is God’s original design for man and the correct image for us. We can’t do it alone, we must do this together.
Why LIVE? Live means to have a life rich in experiences. Culture will attempt to convince us that those rich experiences are found in money, power, prestige, careers, materialism, self-indulgence, etc. However, those are all traps set by the thief, our enemy, to ensnare us to an unfulfilled life of mediocrity marked by worry and anxiety. Listen to what God’s word has to say about life:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10).
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).
We have a rich life when we seek out God’s purpose for our lives, love Him daily (which looks an awful lot like obedience), live in the power of the Holy Spirit, and invest in meaningful relationships with other believers as Christ did.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40)