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 April 10-11, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem.
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: Broken Enough to Care
Healed Enough to Share
Scripture: Luke 8:38-39
It’s often easy for us to forget just how much Christ has done for us. In some ways we are all guilty of this. It is true that some people go through life with few difficulties and little pain. When this is the case it can be easy to become insensitive to others who are hurting. But few of us are in this situation. Most of us have felt pain. Most have suffered loss. Most have experienced failure that has been thrust upon us—or that we have brought upon ourselves. In other words, we are broken.
Scripture is full of broken people—people with physical maladies, emotional dysfunction, and spiritual failure. One might think that these would be the marginal people in Scripture, with the major roles going to those who are strong-willed, healthy, spiritual giants. But that would be an incorrect assumption. Jesus was all about brining healing and wholeness to broken people. And more often than not, those who he healed go on to be effective witnesses of his love.
Luke 8 tells the story of the individual we know as “the demon-possessed man”. This person had truly been living “hell on earth”; naked and homeless, living among the tombs, constantly chained and breaking free, and driven to solitary places. Yet Jesus sought him out in order to heal his brokenness. Understandably, the grateful man wanted to follow Jesus. But Jesus encouraged the man to go back to his town, his family, his people—in order to tell his story. And brother! - what a story that man had to tell! In his wisdom, Jesus knew that the man would be most effective witnessing to those who knew him best—those who had seen his horror lived out.
The great majority of us do not have such a dramatic story to tell—or so we believe. Perhaps we too easily forget just what Christ has done for us. Romans 5:8 reminds us that “...God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” While our earthly existence is nothing even remotely compared to what this demon-possessed man had gone through, our eternal future—without Christ– would be every bit as horrific. And that is the good, great news of the gospel!
By virtue of our sinful nature, all people are broken and separated from God. But we who claim Christ as our Savior have been gloriously and wonderfully healed! Jesus would send us to our “people”, our state, our world to tell that good, great news !
Discussion. Ask men to gather in small groups of three to discuss the following questions:
1. Discuss for a moment your understanding of "brokenness" in your own life?
2. Share how you have experienced God's healing in your life?
3. What are some practical ways that we as individuals can share this good, great news of what Jesus has done for us with others? How might we do that as a men's group?
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.