Laymen

Paul Williams

In order that laymen may meet the demands, which God and the church impose upon them, they must organize themselves into meaningful, purposeful groups. These groups must have a firm foundation, purpose and a clear direction in formulating objectives. Dr. Jesse Jai McNeil describes the purpose of the Laymen’s Movement best in his book, “Men in the Local Church”.


THE BIBLICAL LAYMEN/MEN’S MINISTRY IN THE LOCAL CHURCH

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (KJV~)

1131 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. 1141 Let all your things be done with charity.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (TLB)

{14} Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger; stand true to the Lord; act like men; be strong; <14> and whatever you do, do it with kindness and love.


MISSION STATEMENT


Men Uniting Ourselves Together To Fulfill The Mission Of The Church By:

  • ❖ Supporting the vision and work of the Pastor {Jeremiah 3:15; Acts 16:9-10)
  • ❖ Committing ourselves and our resources (Acts 2:42-47; Galatians 2:20)
  • ❖ Promoting Fellowship (Philippians 3:10-14; Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:6-7)
  • ❖ Engaging One Another In Worship (Psalms 95:1-6; Luke 4:8; John 4:23-24)
  • ❖ Developing One Another Toward Biblical Manhood (Genesis 1-3)
  • ❖ Evangelizing Family, Community and the World (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8) 

PURPOSE/VISION STATEMENT


  • Teach Men Of The Church Biblically So They Will Learn:
  • ❖ Biblical Identity/Trichotomy Of Man (Genesis 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23)
  • ❖ Biblical Function/Redemptive Purpose of Man (Acts 26:13-19; Ephesians 6:10-20)
  • ❖ Biblical Commitment Of Man (Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 2:1-4; 1 Peter 4:19)

  1. > Commitment To Christ - Discipleship (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23,14:27)
  2. > Commitment To Family (Ephesians 5, 6:1-4; Proverbs 22:6, 15, 23:13-14)
  3. > Commitment To Church (Matthew 16:13-18; Ephesians 1:22-23)
  4. > Commitment To Evangelize (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)

OBJECTIVES OF THE LAYMEN/MEN’S MINISTRY


  • ❖ Bible Study (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:15-17)
  • ❖ Fellowship (Philippians 3:10-14; Acts 2:42; 1 John 1:6-7)
  • ❖ Worship (Psalms 95:1-6; Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8; John 4:23-24)
  • ❖ Stewardship (1 Corinthians 4:1-2; 1 Peter 4:10)
  • ❖ Evangelize (Matthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:8)
  • ❖ Church Ministry (Matthew 16:13-18; Acts 2:42-47)

PROVOCATIVE THOUGHTS


The life Christ lived qualified Him for the death He died, and the death Christ died qualifies us for the life we live. Unknown


If the Church does not recapture her prophetic zeal, the Church will become an irrelevant social club without moral or Spiritual authority. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. Martin Luther King, Jr.


All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good Men do nothing. Edmund Burke


Where there is no power and grace in the Christian church to bring down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, the church becomes not merely useless but dangerous. Reinhold Niebuhr