We continued our mini-series at Revolution Church in Ephesians 5 yesterday with Part 2 of Man vs. Wife. I taught on what God calls a man to be, what a husband is to be, what a man is to be before he gets married. Since yesterday, the response has been overwhelming. We had 3 people take a next step of following Jesus yesterday. If you missed it, you can listen to it here.
Many men think that they aren’t leaders. They lack confidence in who they are and in their abilities, so they shy away from what God has called them to. The reality though is that everyone is a leader. Some are great, some are good, some are bad and damaging. All of us have scars in our lives from men who led poorly. Men who abdicated their role, men who were indecisive, men who were abusive or domineering, or men who simply weren’t there, couldn’t be counted on or were present physically but distant emotionally. The pain many people feel 5, 10, 25 years later is evidence that all men are leaders.
I challenged the men with the example of Jesus from Ephesians 5:25 – 33 and the areas that Jesus leads the church in that a husband is to lead his wife in. A husband is to lead in love, the word, selflessness and intimacy.
One of the most moving things yesterday was hearing men confess to their wives areas where they are sinning and not leading well. I challenged the men that after they confessed to their wife and Jesus, that they were to pray over their wife. It was so cool to see this. Multiple couples stood embracing for minutes during this, after taking communion. It was incredible to see the way the Holy Spirit was working on people’s hearts.
Coming off the heels of what God calls men and women to be (you can listen to that sermon here), we look this weekend at Ephesians 6:1 – 4 and what God calls parents and kids to. What is the goal of parenting? I’ll give you a hint, the answer isn’t to raise well-adjusted, respectable kids who don’t sin.