Meeting Plan for Baptist Men's Day
Breakfast and fellowship.
Welcome & opening prayer.
Promote opportunities for your men, including: Disaster Relief Training, Local, State, National, or International Mission Projects. Go to our website for ideas.
Special Baptist Men’s Day Offering.
Consider taking up a special offering to help in one of several on-going ministry needs
. You can give online or make checks payable to NCBM, PO Box 1107, Cary, NC 27512. Put the name of the particular ministry you wish to give to in the memo of the check.
NC Missions Conference.
Plan to attend the next NC Baptist Missions Conference, which will be held March 21-22, 2014 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte.
Show a Mandate video segment. North Carolina Baptist Men has its own YouTube channel. Current and former Mandate video segments can be found on this channel, depicting a variety of mission opportunities—such as Disaster Relief, International and National Missions, Handyman, and much more. Click here to go to the NCBM Youtube Channel.
You can stream the video from the site, or call the Baptist Men’s office to see about receiving one of these videos on DVD (according to availability): 1-800-395-5102 x 5613.
Singing of praise choruses
Scripture and Theme Interpretation
Theme: For The Glory of His Name
Scripture: Romans 11:36
How often are we guilty of feeling as though we are doing God a favor by—showing up for church, putting our offering in the plate, or volunteering our time for ministry or a mission project? At this time in our society, when it seems like those who attend church are in the minority, it may be tempting for us pat ourselves on the back for doing what God requires of us. But Romans 11:36 reminds us that FROM Him and THROUGH Him, and TO Him, are all things. That certainly reduces the opportunity for us to take any of the credit, doesn't’t it?
In the verses that follow (Romans 12:1-2), Paul offers a suggestion that not only is the right thing to do—and pleasing to God—it is also the thing that will bring us peace in our own lives while bringing glory to His name. He tells us to “offer our bodies as living sacrifices” to God. A sacrifice is something that is “given up”. When we sacrifice we no longer maintain ownership or control. This may be easily done with something that we see as “disposable” - like the money you drop into the offering plate or the one or two Saturdays a year you give to do a mission project - but not so easy with something that we hold so dearly—like our own lives! Many might back away from such a radical commitment.
The way Paul recommends this is done may offer a bit of hope, but it is not any easier. Paul was an educated and well-traveled man. He had seen much of the “known world” at that time. In other words, he knew how the world worked. Most of us have been around long enough to know how the world works. Even as Christian men, we know how to “work the systems” to our advantage. But does that bring glory to God? Oftentimes not. Paul reminds us to “not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. Perhaps this begins with our daily understanding that our life on this earth is very temporary and precious. We can use what time we have to gain glory for ourselves, or to bring glory to His name. Those who seek glory for themselves will have their reward here. Those who seek to bring glory to God’s name will gain something much greater.
Paul reminds us of the rewards that come from such a sacrifice and daily renewal of our minds. “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Wouldn't’t we all like to know what God’s will is for our lives! Think of how liberating and freeing that would be! When we are free to be the men God created us to be, we are better able to bring Glory to His Name!
Discussion. Ask men to gather in small groups of three to discuss the following questions:
1. Why do you think we sometimes fall into the trap of feeling like we are doing God a favor?
2. What can we practically do each day to “renew our minds” so that we do not fall into conformity to the world’s patterns?
3. In what ways might we as men give our lives as a sacrifice to God? How can we make sure doing these things bring Glory to God’s name and not to our own?
Prayer time in small groups.
Divide men into groups of three. Ask each man to share two things: 1) a prayer request on behalf of someone else, and 2) a specific prayer request for himself. Once these are shared the group should go immediately into prayer. The leader should then close the session with prayer at around the nine-minute mark.