What does it mean to be a godly man?
“Today more than any other time in history, the gender battle rages against a man’s soul,” says Pastor James Hinton of Mosaic Bible Church in Winchester, VA. “[The] culture has been trying to say for decades that there is no real difference between a man and woman. Our culture today would have you believe that the differences seen between a man and a woman are culturally driven. Nothing could be further from the truth. God made it clear from the very beginning in Genesis that man is made in His very image.”
True masculinity is defined in Scripture, but “When these biblical masculine truths are taken out or not given their proper emphasis in the local church, men begin to check out and become passive,” says Pastor James. “Their power to stand and live boldly for Christ, their family, and their community is emptied of the necessary muscle and endurance to succeed.”
Love Jesus, Fight Hard, Lead Well! These words appear on every email that Pastor James sends out. They are directed to the men in his community, and they are his battle cry. James is passionate about reaching men and teaching them that, through the power of the Gospel and with help from the Lord, they can be the leaders God has called them to be, leading their communities and families well.
On the first Saturday of each month, Mosaic Bible Church hosts its Gospel Fight Club at a local hotel. This is where men gather to discuss what God’s Word has to say about the role of men in their families, the church, and the community.
When inviting men to the first Gospel Fight Club of the new year, Pastor James encouraged them to start the year off right: “Learning how to play offense with our lives can make a big difference! This month we will begin to see some of our roles and how the Gospel empowers us as men to live them out for the glory of God and the good of others….”
Gospel Fight Club is a time where men can be open and honest about their relationship with God and with their families. Nothing is out of bounds during these meetings. They discuss questions like:
- What are the qualities of manhood?
- What should we consider masculine features?
- When you hear the term, man, what images should it conjure up in your mind?
- Does the Bible speak to the conduct and character of manhood?
What Pastor James teaches the men at Mosaic Bible Church and at Gospel Fight Club is based in God’s Word, from Adam to Jesus.
Author Stu Weber affirms, “Those Genesis markers stood up well for centuries, even millennia. But as the traffic in recent years has increased, we’ve lost sight of them in the blur. The high-speed traffic of our culture roars past them as though they do not exist. Consequently, by ignoring those ancient signposts, we’ve taken a number of serious wrong turns along the road. These roads are man-killers.”
In his book, The Bravehearted Gospel, Eric Ludy writes, “An emasculated church might smell sweeter and look nicer, and may even get in a whole lot less trouble, but ultimately, it is a church that is impotent. And while it might be less offensive, it is powerless to break through to the souls of the lost or to radically recue the overlooked and the oppressed.”
Mosaic Bible Church and its Gospel Fight Club are making a difference in Winchester. Gospel-centered masculinity is empowering these men to be men of God, leading their families and communities well.
Pastor James not only desires to see these results at Mosaic but at other churches too. He is working with a number of churches throughout Virginia to empower men to live out this biblical mandate. So far, he has worked with seven other churches to help them develop their own Gospel Fight Clubs.
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