Men’s Ministry

MEN’S RETREAT: 18 men, including 5 of our men under 20, attended the Men’s Retreat at Touch Ranch. Pastor Joel Mosier of Grace Life Baptist lead us in a series of messages from the book of Job. This year’s theme was on “The Christian and Suffering”. Kevin Kirkpatrick and Jeff Hernandez grilled steaks for our Friday evening meal. Joel Stellar provided us with his signature breakfast of Waffles & Chicken Fried Chicken.

Session topics by Pastor Joel Mosier included:
• One question every Christian must answer: Why do I follow God? (Job 1-3)
• Trials reveal our view of God (Job 4-14)
• Prolonged Trials Bring Bitterness (Job 22-31)
o Deadly Ingredients Of Suffering To a Believer’s Soul
 We Assume That God Is Absent (Job 23:8-9)
 We Declare That God Is Unjust (Job 24:1-12)
 We Believe God Supports The Wicked (Job 24:13-23)
 We Think God’s Love Is Conditional Based On My Experiences (Job 29:1-10)
 We Assign Character Traits To God That Are The Opposite Of Who He Is (Job JOB 30:16-27)
o Two Essential Truths To Embrace While Suffering
 While Suffering Embrace Wisdom Rather Than Seeking For Causes (Job 28:12-15, 20-28)
 While Suffering Embrace God’s Sovereignty Rather Than Running From It (Job 23:10-14) The men also sang three stanzas of It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio G. Spafford at the close of the retreat.

“This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his son at the age of 2 and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensively damaged by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873, at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, ‘Saved alone …What do I do?’. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!— My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

The men discussed each session’s message in small groups and shared their insights with all the men.

Already looking forward to the 2019 Men’s Retreat!!