It's About Relationships

By Pastor Mike Brooks

There were seven guys sitting around the table that evening in July. We'd just watched a segment of The End of Me, a video teaching series based on Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount. Now, came the best part, discussing what we thought about it with each other.

These guys really didn't know each other very well at all, so I wondered if the discussion would be stiff, mechanical. Plus, they were from such different "places" in life: a retired pastor, a young father of two who works in the field of information technology. One young man was new to being in a discussion and prayer group. Another had discovered freedom and new life in Christ through Celebrate Recovery.

I didn't have to wonder very long. As we offered our responses to various discussion questions, it was "rich" to listen to men of various decades of life and diverse backgrounds share around God's word. Following our time of discussion and prayer, the guys dispersed. One of the men lingered. He said that he loved being in discussion with the younger men. Now retired, he found it refreshing and encouraging to listen to the younger guys share their thoughts and experiences. "I'm glad that I sat at this table with this group of guys. I'll be back next week."

We have much to learn in our apprenticeship to Jesus. Spiritual friendships help us learn from each other. I had just witnessed an example of how that can happen. Such relationships aren't always easy for guys to develop. That's one of the goals of Mens Ministries at BFC. We want to help each other grow to love Jesus, and to be men who increasingly are more like Him.

This fall, we have several opportunities for this relationship development. Dr. Tim Taylor is leading Men's Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 6:45 for men of all ages. This Thursday, we have a pro-football watch party and cookout on the Floyd Center lawn. In November, we will sponsor our first ever men's golf tournament. Great things are happening in Men's Ministries. Join us as we seek to grow together.