Pursuing Christ in Community by Nurturing Discipleship through Friendships
President, Chad Isenberger; Treasurer, Sean Kelly
Why Christian Men Need Christian Male Friends, Dr. Mark Murphy
Out of a shared concern for the inroads and impact of pornography, a small group of men from FPC began to meet in the Fall 2015 to discuss strategies for addressing this threat to our congregation. From those discussions emerged a planning committee composed of men from their teens to 70’s. The name “Genesis 39” was unanimously adopted for this effort, as the account of Joseph fleeing from the seduction of Potiphar’s wife encapsulates the allure of sexual temptation and the most appropriate antidote.
This ministry is under the auspices of Men of Faith. Its purpose is threefold: 1) to promote a Biblical understanding and practice of sexuality, 2) to raise awareness of the ever-present dangers of sexual temptations and raise necessary barriers, and 3) to assist those embroiled in sexual struggles by befriending and speaking the power and hope of the Gospel into their lives wherever they find themselves in that struggle. This is in keeping with our Mission:
“Pursuing Christ in Community by Nurturing Discipleship through Friendships”
Genesis 39 began with a Sunday evening sermon series by Dr. Rayburn. A Sunday school class for all men, 5th graders and older, meets on the last Sunday of each month.
Usually held twice a year, winter and spring, featuring a special speaker.
Men’s Night of Prayer
For many years, before Reformation Sunday in the fall and on Good Friday before Easter, we have scheduled a men’s night of prayer on Friday night/early Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 pm and running to early morning. This is an evening of readings, food and fellowship, and extended periods of prayer. We warmly welcome all the men of the congregation to attend for as much of the time as may be possible. One is always glad to have gone!
Men’s Discussion Groups
Oktoberfest has become the kick-off for our next book to read and discuss together in small groups. The 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five theses is October 31, 2017 and we will be reading Bob Rogland’s book Luther’s Ninety-Five theses for the 21st Century.
Weekly Morning Prayer Meetings
There are opportunities to meet with fellow Men of Faith for prayer and devotions each week:
- Monday-Friday mornings “Fit for the Cross” devotions with Jim Roland, 5:30 am at the church, Room 304. Come to the North door of the church. Any questions contact Jim.
- Wednesday mornings with Phil Perkins: We meet at Old Town MarKee coffee shop at 2312 N. 30th St., Tacoma. This group meets at 6 am for Bible reading and prayer. After several years we continue to focus solely on the Psalms which serve as a life guide. One of the ancient church fathers, Athanasius wrote, “Whatever your particular need or trouble, from this same book (the Psalms) you can select a form of words to fit it, so that you…learn the way to remedy your ill.”
- Thursday mornings with Thom Wilson, 6:30 am at the church. Join us in studying through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah as we pray for our concerns and the world around us. Please note that we are taking a break and resume meeting on December 21st.
Leaders of Congregational Petitions
Our weekly congregational petitions are led by volunteer Men of Faith. “There are only two ways for a congregation to pray together. Both methods of corporate prayer are taught and illustrated many times in the Bible and we employ both in our worship. Either the text for the congregation’s prayer is provided so they can offer it as one or one person prays for the whole and the congregation joins in the “Amen.” The opening and closing silent prayers, hymns, and the corporate confession are prayers of the former type and the invocation, congregational petitions, the prayer before the preaching of the Word, and the prayer at the Lord’s Supper are prayers of the latter type. The point is they are all prayers, in every case we are speaking directly to God.” From “Worship & Prayer” in the Biblical Worship series, Dec 30, 2003, Rev. Dr. Robert S. Rayburn.
Adult men are welcome to come out and participate; all others are encouraged to come cheer on the team. Typically a fun time is had by all. Games are played at SERA fields. Please contact Luke Bentson for details for next year.
Men, if you are interested in helping as a building monitor during one of the services, please contact Ken Kvale or the church office. The purpose of building monitor is to keep a watch during the services for suspicious activities. You would probably serve once during a three-month period.