Firm Foundations Four (39 of 55) What Does The Bible Teach About Manhood?

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What Does The Bible Teach About Manhood?

The Bible teaches that men are beings created by God. Like all mankind, they are in need of salvation and can only be redeemed through repentance and faith in Jesus. Once redeemed, God expects them to live masculine lives according to His Word, obey His will, and glorify Him with their lives.

The High Calling Of Christian Manhood

  • Equality: Men are created equal with women in the sight of God. This means that the male gender is neither more or less important or valuable. They can equally serve, love, and worship God. They are redeemed in the same way and in Jesus Christ are one.
    Genesis 1:27; 5:1-2; Galatians 3:27-28
  • Marriage: Christian men should marry if they desire Christian wives. If they desire to serve the Lord full-time without getting married, they may also do so. An unmarried man can serve God without distraction. A married man can also serve God but must spend time taking care of his wife and children.
    1 Corinthians 7:32-40
  • Character: Christian men should be holy in demeanor and behavior. They should be known for living holy lives more than being angry and constantly quarreling. Part of living this life is being given to prayer.
    1 Timothy 2:8
  • Roles: Christian men should hold the positions of leadership at home and in the church based on the order of creation. In the church, older men should be treated like fathers and the younger like brothers.
    1 Corinthians 11:3-16; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 5:1
  • Pastors and Deacons: Christian men who meet the qualifications for the position of pastor or deacon can hold that office. Such qualifications set a standard that all Christian men should strive to uphold. The church has the financial responsibility to support the men who hold the position of pastor.
    1 Timothy 2:8; 3:1–13; 5:17–18
  • Mentorship: Christian men should live holy lives that glorify God and then teach the younger men to be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience, so that people will have no evil thing to say. Young men need to be willing to learn from the older, godly generation.
    Titus 2:2, 6-8

The Character Of Christian Manhood

1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-10

  • Christian men strive to be above reproach and respectable. They desire to be men of God that live according to the Bible, have a good reputation with everyone around them, so that their life can be emulated.
    Proverbs 22:1; Ecclesiastes 7:1
  • Christian men strive to be sexually moral. They desire to avoid all sexual sin (adultery, fornication, lust, porn). This means they will be faithful to their wives and their sexual needs will only be fulfilled by them.
    Matthew 5:27-28; 1 Corinthians 7:1-5
  • Christian men strive to be vigilant, prudent, and disciplined. They are not double minded but wise, humble, and discerning. They are men of faith, hope, and love.
    James 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; Romans 12:3; Philippians 2:3–4; 2 Timothy 1:7–8
  • Christian men strive to be gentle, peaceable, and just. They are loving and kind. They don’t thrive on being divisive but stand firm against injustices and don’t coward away.
    Ephesians 4:1–3; 4:14–16; Galatians 2:11-14; Proverbs 28:1
  • Christian men strive to be holy. They love what is good, think about what is good and enjoy being around other good men. They don’t enjoy crude jokes, entertainment, and activities.
    Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 1:16
  • Christian men strive not to be addicted to any alcohol or substance, not to be self-willed, not to be controlled by their emotions (that leads to easily being angered), and not to be someone who abuses others through violence.
    Ephesians 5:18–21; 1 Corinthians 6:12
  • Christian men strive not to be materialistic, love money, be greedy or cheat others for personal gain. Instead they are generous, giving, and hospitable.
    1 Timothy 6:6–12; Philippians 4:11–13
  • Christian men strive to be good husbands and fathers. They are the leaders of their homes and lead by example. They love and cherish their wives, and love and discipline their children.
    Ephesians 5:25; 6:4; 1 Timothy 5:8

The Leadership Of Christian Manhood

  • Christian men have been called to lead. This means that God expects men to take the initiative in leading their families, churches, and communities. They are to be men of God.  They challenge the concept of masculinity that their culture dictates and their lives should be examples that show others how to live for God.
    1 Kings 2:1-3
  • Christian men have been given a great responsibility. They have many duties that they must deal with, people they are responsible for, and a God they should glorify. They have been given much and much is required from them.
    Luke 12:48
  • Christian men have been servants. Jesus is the greatest example of a man of God. As the God-man, he had the most authority and power of all men, yet he humbled Himself and became a servant. He came to minister and He gave His life for others. As men of God, we want to emulate Jesus. We are to become servants and ministers.
    Matthew 20:25–28

Review Questions

  • Are men equal with women? Why?
  • What are Christian men called to do?
  • What is the character of Christian manhood
  • What is the leadership of Christian manhood?
  • Who is the greatest example of a man of God?

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