There is a lot of confusion in our world as to what really counts when it comes to being a man. For Christian men, God’s word gives us a clear answer and it has nothing to do with whether you use moisturiser or not. Rather, God wants us to be men who are growing ‘into a mature man with a stature measured by Christ’s fullness’ (Eph 4:13). To put it simply, what counts is whether we are growing to be more like Jesus.
However, the real challenge is putting it into practise in our everyday lives. As men, we must commit to depending on God’s word in prayer, take personal responsibility for our own Christian growth and seek the encouragement of our Christian brothers. It’s for this reason that we wanted the men of our church to be encouraging other men at the recent men’s event.
After some warm-up backyard cricket, the formalities kicked off with a meat pie-eating competition. In somewhat of a surprising result, Don Grant of the 10:30 Carlton congregation edged out his younger competitors to finish first!
As the night continued, it was such an encouragement to have men from across our parish speak honestly and openly about what it means to be mature Christian men in our everyday lives. Stuart Lymn challenged the men to be distinctively different as Christians in the workplace while Rod Fitch laid out the clear biblical responsibilities of men to love and serve our families. We also had interviews with Eddie Kong, Don Walker, Conan Yuen, Brett Steinwede and Petros Koulouris who all spoke well about different aspects of the Christian life.
For dinner, there was a great selection of gourmet meat pies – chunky beef, pepper steak, beef burgundy, beef/mushroom and lamb/rosemary/potato. We even had some salads available to round out the meal. All in all, it was a great night for the men of SNAC.