Men Passionately Pursing God
NLCC Men’s Ministry is still young, but we’re working hard to develop meaningful environments where NLCC’s Core Values can be developed and encouraged in the lives of men, for the good of their own lives, their homes, their church, their neighbourhoods, and their workplaces.
ON OUR KNEES
We desire for men to experience the longing expressed by the psalmist in Psalm 42:1-2 (NLT):
As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before Him?
God invites every man into a relationship of deep trust, dependence, and partnership with God, expressed in a growing life of prayer and worship - personally, with his family, and with the church.
LIVING THE GOSPEL
We desire for men to discover their identity and pursue maturity in Christ, teaching them to study and apply Scripture in their personal lives, relationships, and life’s calling. Scripture calls this “being transformed by the renewing your minds” so that you will “be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2, NIV).
We resonate with Paul’s admonition to Timothy: “But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run away from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you” (1 Timothy 6:11-12, NLT).
WITH SHARED LIVES
We desire for men to pursue authentic, supportive, transparent relationships with other men, across the generations. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:12, NIV). God has always worked to transform and strengthen men through the influence of mentors, spiritual companions, and small groups. Paul encouraged this kind of dynamic when he wrote to Timothy: “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others” (2 Timothy 2:2).
THROUGH GENEROUS LOVE
We desire for men to discover their deepest purpose in Christ. The world apart from Christ “offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions,” which are all “fading away, along with everything that people crave” (1 John 2:16-17); the pursuit of these things often results in many personal and relational struggles! But Jesus teaches us a much deeper purpose: love – a love that expresses itself in sacrificial service, abundant generosity (see 1 John 3:16-18), and leadership that is never self-serving (see Luke 22:25-26). We desire to see men living this life of loving service in their families, neighbourhoods, church and workplace.