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Summary: A message on why it is important for men to join and become active in churches

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INTRO

A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem

When they were there his wife passed away

The undertaker told the husband you could ship her home for $5,000 or, we can bury her here for $150

The man chose to ship her home

Undertaker asked why?

Man responded

"A long time ago a man died here and was buried. And three days later he got back up...I can't take that chance."

- We've been on a series entitled the Sons of Thunder

- Our primary thought is the absence of men in the Christian church

- Christianity is the only religion in the world where men are outnumbered by women

„X Perhaps we've led wrong

„X In catering to women and reaching out to children

- Because now the church is perceived to be a place for women & children and wimps.

WHY MEN HATE CHURCH

1. The Culture Isn't Conducive

2. Too Much Feminine Influence

3. Can't Relate to the Pastor

4. Music is too Soft and Romantic

5. Lack of Relevance

6. A Disregard for Excellence and Professionalism

7. The Church is too Mystical and Spooky

„X God so loved the world...

He saved us

„X But he's coming like a thief in the night to surprise us.

"Let the Word of God impregnate you! The Church is the womb of Christ"

„X Personal prophecies

„X Water from the Jordan

„X Prayer ribbons

„X Are not bought by men

* Men feel that the Christian lifestyle falls somewhere between

o Being a nerd or a nut

* Women who get saved say that they are now married to God

EXAMPLE: Lady praying for me

Putting a prayer shawl over me

While waving a Lion of the Tribe of Judah

banner over me

* Message of:

„X Can't play cards

„X Can't dance

„X Can't go to movies

„X Can't listen to rock-n-roll

* (bring your bad movies & music in)

* This overly cautious...

* Extremely risk-average posture

* Hurts the church's reputation with men.

* Over time the church sends out a message that we're afraid of everything.

* Come to church and you will be afraid...of...

o The spirits in rock music

o The devils in the playing cards

o The spirit of violence in a Rambo movie

* And men are saying...

...I ain't afraid of no ghost!

8. Don't Like the Picture of Heaven that the Church has Painted

o I remember as a 12 year old in a church in Mississippi

o The quartet always sang

„X The 1st million years in glory

„X "I am going to praise him the first million years"

o We've portrayed

„X I'll sing with the Angels

„X Crying Holy

„X Holy

„X Holy

o No man wants to float around on a cloud playing a harp

o Singing Holy, holy, holy

o The Muslim guys get seventy-two virgins

o I believe in Heaven

o But it won't be boring / dull

* Without challenge

* Excitement

* Fun

Heaven Is

o If we are faithful here

o I will make you rulers over many things

Matthew 25:21

His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"

- Worlds to conquer

o Captains -- different levels of rewards and responsibilities

- Mighty warring angels

o Samson will be there

o David

o Moses

o Paul

o Peter

9. Language

* 95% of pastors in America are men

* But you wouldn't know it.

Weakness Precious

Humility Tender

Relationships Gentle

Communication Sharing

Support

* Are the words of a pastor and it's how he says it

* Most compliments I got was the Sunday I was mad about...

...someone stealing money from me

* Churches have their own language anyway

* No longer are we Sons of God

„X But children of God

„X The bride of Christ

* Saved...Sinner...Lost

* Let's worship the Lord and have...

...a love affair with Jesus

...climb up into his lap

* How about...

„X The Kingdom of God suffers from violence

„X And the strong take it by force

Matthew 11:12

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.

DEMONSTRATE: Man Language (Dude Commercial)

How a man hugs

Sign language

10. Church is Perceived to be for Failures

* After you've tried everything

* And you're still down and out

* Come to the church with the rest of us losers!

It was the bottom of the ninth inning. The little league Pirates were down by 2.

The city championship was at stake. But with the bases loaded there was still hope.

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