Do men need church?

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another…” – Hebrews 10:24-25

It’s no secret; the church is slowly losing its grip on men in this country. What gives? Why are we all leaving? Perhaps a better question would be, why do we stay? I mean, what really keeps us glued to church? What is the “stuff” that drives us to come back. How would I answer that question? Why do I need the church family?

I think if we asked the majority of men, they probably don’t know why they need church. After all, church is just that thing that Christians do on Sundays. And for those who do go, “church” always seems to focus on the things that men aren’t really in to: emotional appeals and talking about stuff.

But here’s the deal. No football team voluntary goes on to the field with only a few players – it puts them at a distinct disadvantage. They can’t pull off with a few players what they can with a whole team. In the same way, God designed the Church to do His work in the world – a work too big for any one person.

The problem I think is that few of us are really on mission with God to the point where we actually need others to help us. We tend to focus on our strengths and the places where we are competent so that we don’t have to ask for help. No wonder we don’t feel the need for the church.

What if we started dreaming bigger? What if we started doing things that required other brothers in Christ? What if we as men were so on mission for God that we couldn’t operate without the church?

Be Strong. Act Like Men.

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