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Men – What Will Our Legacy Be?

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

IMG_0301As much as I believe that God can use men – women – and children to spread the Gospel – and to touch the hearts of others – I strongly believe that men have a special calling in the church and in God’s plan.  Fathers especially have an impact – an influence – on the faith of their families.

Two Sundays ago I preached on A Man’s Role in Marriage.   Take a listen and see what you think.  A man’s role is very important in marriage and in the family.

I found a Crosswalk Article that quoted a survey published in 2000 (I couldn’t find the survey from the Barna Group). Here is a portion of the survey results quoted from the Crosswalk article.

Stronger Families“If both father and mother attend regularly, 33 percent of their children will end up as regular churchgoers, and 41 percent will end up attending irregularly. Only a quarter of their children will end up not practicing at all.

If the father is irregular and mother regular, only 3 percent of the children will subsequently become regulars themselves, while a further 59 percent will become irregulars. Thirty-eight percent will be lost.

If the father is non-practicing and mother regular, only 2 percent of children will become regular worshippers, and 37 percent will attend irregularly. Over 60 percent of their children will be lost completely to the church!”

Let us look at the figures the other way round. What happens if the father is regular but the mother irregular or non-practicing? Extraordinarily, the percentage of children becoming regular goes up from 33 percent to 38 percent with the irregular mother and to 44 percent with the non-practicing, as if loyalty to father’s commitment grows in proportion to mother’s laxity or indifference to religion.

These are nearly the same figures I remember from the Barna Group study.  Men – we do have an impact on our families and should take the passage today very seriously.  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.  Do we take our faith seriously?  What is our witness to our spouse and our children?  What will be the legacy we leave behind when our children are grown (we talked about that last night in the Men’s Bible Study)?  Even if we don’t have a spouse and/or children – as men of faith – how are we living and letting our light shine?  Men – what will our legacy be?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 13, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , ,

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