29th April to 1st May 2022
Sustainable Steps of Discipleship
For many of us, knowing what God requires of us today is relatively clear. It may come from our upbringing, a message received or old-fashioned research – either way the divine expectation is acknowledged. Yet for all the knowledge we may obtain, the challenge grows increasingly as we age – how to maintain these principles and values, not only personally, but develop them on a family and community scale?
It was Christ who stated, “except you be as a child you won’t inherit the kingdom of heaven”. This indeed presents a great and very real challenge – how do I balance a simple ‘child like’ following of Christ whilst balancing the seemingly wise ways of this life? Our weekend together will focus on 5 pivotal moments with the Master and from there will rise the challenge: establishing 5 steps that enable us to better build a sustainable following of Christ.
We invite you to bring vulnerability, life’s lessons and above all your participation.
Who do you think you are?
Finding our identity as servants and disciples of Jesus
Personal identity is one of the most important things to understand about ourselves. Knowing who we are, what makes us tick, what makes us laugh, what gets on our nerves, what brings us true joy—these are essential elements of our existence because that understanding affects everything else. Personal identity affects how we look at life, how we deal with conflicts, and even who we choose as friends.
Christian men need convenient handles with which to grasp the enormity of their identity in Christ. We must lay aside our cultural baggage and recover the Biblical foundation on which to build a masculine, Christ-centred identity.
What is the identity of the Christian man in our twenty-first century post-modernist, aggressively atheistic society? He is more than a product of his environment, a struggling sojourner, or a religious conversation partner. He is a son of God, a spiritual father, a mature disciple and a fierce fighter.
That I may Know Him
We were shown the power available in Jesus' life by looking at the influences he had, his upbringing and his growth and development from a child into a man.
Jesus had some unique personality traits, temperament and emotions with made him stand out from everyone else who has ever lived. His love and compassion is unmatched and he knew how to interact with everyone and anyone.
We can learn so much from his calling and by looking at his priorities and how they should lead us in our own lives.
Miracles of the Master
The miracles of the Master give us a wonderful window into the character of our Saviour. Along with his grace, we saw how deeply humane our Lord was (and is!) … a man repeatedly moved with compassion toward the recipients of his miracles – a man whose heart went out to others; whose heart bled at the plight of others; a man who defied tradition and prejudice; a man who reached out to the Canaanite woman, the leper, the blind and the dead – and a man who remains our living Lord Jesus today, interceding on our behalf.
Together we considered our faith in light of the faith of the many people touched by the miracles of our Lord – we considered the effect our faith can have in the lives of others … we asked ourselves whether our faith is as alive and as real as theirs was and whether our faith grants us the serenity to go on believing even when our prayers seem to fall on deaf ears.
Men With the Master
Men with the Master (MwM) is a non-profit activity. Events are held at least annually, generally as Residential Weekends. Guest speakers provide core themes for participants to share and discuss. Men from all over Australia and overseas participate in and contribute to activities with an open Christlike spirit, enjoying fellowship as well as common beliefs and values.
What do participants say about (MwM):
Feedback from a past leader
It has been my privilege to speak at several MwMs, although I do not see myself as the speaker in the normal sense - more the facilitator of discussion on the various subjects. What I value most about MwM is the freedom of discussion, the expression of thought, including doubts and fears that brethren in Christ have and to some extent, the resolution of those concerns from the scriptures. Whilst not everyone necessarily goes away from the weekend feeling better spiritually, it is my perception that most do. I love the atmosphere of friendship and brotherhood engendered and the sharing of wisdom. At a more personal level I enjoy MwM because it gives me some quiet time for thinking, prayer and writing my journal in an inspiring context. I feel strengthened by the faith of my brothers and by the power of God I see working in them. I also go away more committed and resolved to demonstrate with renewed energy the principles of love in my life at home at work and in the ecclesia.