Who: For all men.
What/Why: This life-group is for all men who are interested in developing a closer relationship with God “…from a guy’s point-of-view…” and to develop friendships with other Christian men that go deeper than just seeing each other on a Sunday. In our busy lives, most men don’t have or maintain quality friendships with other men and so we end up lacking that influence & accountability that a positive, active friendship provides.
Where: Downtown at the Calgary Pregnancy Care Centre, 2nd Floor, 925 7 Avenue S.W.
When: The 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month at 7:00pm.
January 27, 2016 was our first meeting of this new group and it was a more informal setting where we discussed the future plans and objectives of the group. We don’t want to just be focusing on regular meetings but also social activities such as hikes, movies, sporting events, and volunteering.
February 10, 2016 we met to discuss “Small Things, Big Difference Habits…Why Am I So Inconsistent?”
Romans 7:15: – “I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.” (NLT)
Romans 7:19: – “When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyways.” (NLT)
February 24, 2016’s topic was “Friendship”.
David and Jesus had close friends, so why don’t we? Even Paul had friends, Timothy was probably his best friend. Nowadays we don’t have friends, we have acquaintances and most men are isolated. A good example of friendship is that of David and Jonathan.
March 9, 2016’s topic was “Self-worth & Encouragement”.
As we think about previous teachings on “Small Things, Big Difference Habits” and “Friendship” and even used David & Jonathan as examples in our last meeting, we may feel we are discouraged by past events, burdened by worry & doubt and even attacked (don’t forget that Satan and his demons are present and active in our world). We may feel it’s too hard to change and reach out and development positive friendships and instead just “hunker down” internally.
Even Moses had his doubts as described in Exodus 3:11 “…but God said to Moses, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?'” (ESV)
March 23, 2016’s topic was “Adversity”.
Sometimes it seems as if the trials never really end — you’re either beginning one, in the middle of one, or just ending a season of difficulties. Whether it’s relational, financial, physical or spiritual, it can be very draining and discouraging. Also, problems doesn’t happen in a vacuum — there are always new emergencies and troubles to deal with that make life even more difficult.
Yet God is always good. This may be a difficult truth to accept while you’re going through a trial, but it’s one you need to cling to if you want to make it through. It’s also helpful to remember: The dark moments of our life will last only so long as is necessary for God to accomplish His purpose in us.
April 13, 2016’s topic was “David – A man after God’s own heart”.
Last meeting we spoke about Adversity “…Sometimes it seems as if the trials never end – you’re either beginning one, in the middle of one, or just ending a series of difficulties…”, and we used aspects of David’s life as an example for us. As we continue to think about David and his successes & failures in his life, we may be reminded of the phrase “…David was considered a man after God’s own heart…”. To understand why David was a man after God’s own heart, we need understand to what characteristics he had to qualify for such an exalted description. In the books of Acts, the Apostle Paul is speaking before the men of Israel, and he tells them of God’s feeling about King David. Speaking first of King Saul, the Apostle Paul states, “After removing Saul, He made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do'”. Acts 13:22
Also, don’t forget about the upcoming Promisekeepers Canada event on Saturday, May 7, 2016, “Understanding Your Identity Workshop” at the Foothills Alliance Church at 333 Edgepark Blvd, NW, Calgary. You can learn more about it at http://www.promisekeepers.ca/events/event/212
April 27, 2016’s topic was about “Seeking God’s Guidance”.
Life is full of decisions and if want to make the right choices – those that glorify God and benefit us and others – we need God’s guidance. The following seven words will help us in seeking His direction.
May 11, 2016’s discussion was “How God Molds Men Through Suffering”.
The recent destruction in Fort McMurray, AB, had us wondering about the suffering that occurred and what we could learn to prepare ourselves in the event of an evacuation from our homes. Many prayed that God would send rain to extinguish the fire, yet there was no rain.
We then thought about the suffering of losing homes, property, pet, memories and what we can learn from God’s word about suffering. Job is our best example of someone who suffered…..
May 25, 2016’s discussion was “The men who had connections with God“.
If you need connections, the best connection of all is to have connections with God. If you can get through to God so that you get special consideration from Him–that’s going straight to the top! He what you might call, The Ultimate Connection!
But maybe you’re thinking, “Does God have favourites?” We may have thought that He received everyone equally. “Can we really have connections with God?” The answer is, God may not have favourites but he does have intimates. Some people have connections with God in a way that others do not. Let’s see how we can join them…
June 8, 2016’s discussion was “7 ways to connect with God“.
In the last meeting, our topic was “The men who had connections with God”. and used Moses, Samuel, Noah, Daniel and Job as examples. We established that it was the righteous man who has connections with God. James 5:16 says that “…the effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much…”. Let’s continue with that topic and further explore ways to expand our righteousness and connect with God.
- See God’s guiding hand in your life.
- Have a heart to heart with God.
- Find beauty.
- Read your Bible.
- Appreciate His gifts to you.
- Trust Him.
Remember, how we hold our hearts towards others when they are blessed, seeds the clouds for our own blessings.
October 12, 2016, The War Room.
We’re back after the summer break for a new season of Men’s Group!
This year we wanted to do some series of teachings vs. one-off topics and so we started with a series from the movie, “The War Room” and we used their 5-Session DVD Bible Study Guide. We watched the clip for Session One “Lukewarm Coffee” and then worked through the discussion in our group. What is our spiritual temperature? Are we hot or cold or just somewhere in the middle, “lukewarm”? There was a bit of homework to do before the next meeting but as we meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, there was lots of time available!
October 26, 2016, The War Room, Session Two.
We kicked off our meeting by reviewing the homework from Session One and then jumping into Session Two, “Accountability”. The wounds of a friend are trustworthy but the kisses of an enemy are excessive. Proverbs 27:6. Session Two was about accountability…wounds from a trusted friend. Perhaps you have someone in your life who is willing to walk through difficultly with you. Maybe your life lacks that type of solid friendship. To have a friend like that, you should be a friend like that.
November 9, 2016, The War Room, Session Three.
Session Three of the War Room is “Living The Gospel”. The gospel just doesn’t save us from hell. Christ’s kingdom is one where the inhabitants’ lives are transformed daily to look more like him. Scripture calls this sanctification. So it’s not only by God’s grace that we are saved. It is by God’s grace that we are changed.
November 23, 2016, The War Room, Session Four.
Session Four’s topic was “Victory Accomplished”. Who is the enemy? Is it a red-horned, pitchfork-wielding cartoon character with a wicked smile? Hardly. There is a dangerous enemy bent on destroying you. This week is about claiming truth, leaning in towards the power of the Gospel, and walking in the victory that has already been accomplished in Christ.
December 14, 2016, The War Room, Session Five.
Today we reviewed Session Five “Impacted By Grace”. This final week is about identity in Jesus. It’s the culmination of the weeks of evaluation and declaration we have experienced. It’s a reality forged by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. It’s a connection point with God bet illustrated through a deepening prayer life. Being forgiven of sin and impacted by grace transforms a person. This week’s Bible study is an examination of what that transformation can truly be like.
We are now off of Christmas so please join us on Wednesday, January 14, 2017 for a movie night where we get together to enjoy “Courageous”! This will kick off our new series as we work through the Courageous Living Bible Study!