By Scott Elliott

The Men’s Fellowship talking point for March 5 was “Authentic Christian Men” and the readings pulled from Psalm 1:1-3, Genesis 1:26-31, and John 13:1-14. Our discussion concentrated on how to be better men and fulfill the image that God has for us.

The dynamic of whom and what a man should be as determined by society is shifting, yet it’s important not to lose that common touch. In Jesus’ eyes, men should serve others, as illustrated when He washed the disciples’ feet in John 13. If the Son of God is willing to engage in an act that was reserved for servants, how can we as men of Christ say we are above such deeds?

It’s not our status in society or accomplishments that should define who we are as men but our relationship with God. While external forces attempt to weaken our commitment to Christ, we agreed it’s important to compartmentalize those influences — jobs, material goods, hobbies, etc. — and effectively fill your time loving God.

It is very much a “manly” view to feel in control, but that perception of control is an illusion. Ultimately, God is the only one in control. What we can control is making the best use of our time to be better spiritual warriors by, for example, joining a men’s group.

The purpose of our group is to build up authentic Christian men. By surrounding ourselves with other men walking a life of faith, our confidence and willingness to share our relationship with Christ grows. As Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”

May we as men of Christ continue to mentor and serve one another, which in turn strengthens our families, church, and community.

Our next meeting is on Monday, March 19, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the school cafeteria. As usual, we will head to Cenci’s after the meeting to continue our fellowship over food and drink. All are welcome!