David as a Men’s Leader

Have you ever noticed that David is introduced twice in the Bible?

The first time we meet David is in 1 Samuel 16 when Samuel is instructed to anoint a new king because Saul has been rejected.  After being anointed, David is almost immediately summoned to the royal court.  The court was looking for a musician who could comfort Saul when tormented by an evil spirit. In this passage David was described as a man of valor, a warrior, and even was made Saul’s armor bearer, but his primary role was as a musician.

The second time we meet David is in 1 Samuel 17 when Goliath is paralyzing the armies of Israel with fear. David is described in this later passage as a youth. In this passage Saul doesn’t seem to be aware of who David is, as evidenced by his asking for details of the young man after he slays Goliath. Of course, you already know who won in this confrontation.

The reason for the two introductions may be as simple as the two passages are recorded out of order. First as a young man David slayed Goliath then later Saul looked for a man who was a musician and happily it was the same David.

But I tend to believe there are no accidents in Scripture.  Perhaps instead we are given the two sides of David’s life separately to help us better understand who he was and why he was such a capable leader of men.

First there is David the musician, who writes praise songs for God, whom he knows well. If this first introduction is given first because of its importance, then the lesson is that relationship with God is of primary importance.  There are several lessons we can learn from David that might be important to men today.

  • David was boldly expressive in worship. David was accustomed to not just having his faith, but joyfully expressing it in song. When given opportunity to help others with worship he was willing.
  • David was comfortable being alone with God. This likely included both speaking to God and hearing from God. Looking at his psalms, you can see that David respected God’s presence and expected God’s answers.
  • David was obedient and willing to serve. When called to assist Saul in whatever way he was called upon to do so. There seemed to be no ego holding back his humble service.
  • David respected God’s calling and anointing, both as it applied to his own life and to the lives of others. Since he was already anointed as the next king, we might have expected him to take the throne by force, but instead he waited on God’s timing and leading.

The second side of David’s life is a leader and warrior as portrayed by slaying Goliath.  There are some noteworthy aspects of this side of David.

  • David was willing to speak out and act, even when everyone else would not. He used his courage to move forward and to move others forward.
  • David was aware of himself, his capabilities and limitations. He was able to quickly recount his past victories, but refused to fight as a king in the king’s armor.
  • David heard and made intentional decisions in regard to opposition. His brothers did their best to chase him off, but David refused to be dissuaded from his course.
  • David sought to understand the entire picture of risk and reward. He spoke to several people seeking to know what the king would do for the man who slayed Goliath.

A good men’s ministry has to address both aspects of manhood we find in David’s life.  First and foremost we need to hold one another accountable in our daily relationship.  But in so doing there has to be some practical application of our men’s faith in kingdom building. There will need to be some purpose, goal, battle, or accomplishment beyond just personal knowledge and disciplines.

David had both sides of this tricky balance, and becomes a great leader of men over the next many chapters.

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Registration is Now Open

Registration for MMR2017 is opening up today. We will attempt to keep the available slot count correctly listed on the right side of this web page.

You can open the forms page to get everything you need in order to reserve slots, and to publicize the event for all of your men.

Notice a few things that have changed this year.  First of all the deposit to hold a slot was decreased to $25.

Notice also the change in the t-shirt deadline.  We have to order the t-shirts one month in advance. Therefore any reservations that are not paid and in our hands on April 5 cannot receive a shirt.  Some of the documents actually say April 1. This was done in order to give the mailman a chance to get it from your church to us.

Report on MMR 2016

It is only a couple of days past the retreat. Present at the retreat were 14 churches and 161 men. Although the recreation time included a thunderstorm that shut down most of the attractions, it was still a good and positive time.

The retreat was a success in many wonderful ways. It is especially exciting to see one of the attending churches set up a Men’s Ministry shortly after arriving home.

Coming out of the retreat, we now have a team available to help with planning next year’s event. In case you did not see the announcements, next year we will have Dr. Jeff Iorg as our speaker. He is the president of Golden Gate Seminary and a very good friend of Arizona Southern Baptists.  The dates will be May 5-7, which is the weekend before Mother’s Day.  We are shooting for a leadership theme, something like Training Men to Lead the Church or Servant Leadership.  But its early enough that we will be flexible, if Dr. Iorg has a different and better idea.

Its not to early to begin planning with your church. Watch for ideas in future posts. After a new theme is chosen we might even designate a new website for MMR 2017. But don’t worry it will remain connected to this one.

Why a Men’s Retreat

One of my goals early on in the process is to produce videos that can allow me to explain in person my heart for men’s ministry through this AZSBC Men’s Retreat.  So I am attempting to produce some short videos that can be downloaded and used in your churches, if you wish, to promote the event. I also hope to produce some videos which will show your men’s ministry how to get the most out of your Men and your Retreat experience.

After making this first video I discovered they are too bulky to email, at least by the IP’s available out here where I live.  So I sent it out via FaceBook and social media.  But that doesn’t reach everyone, so I am now setting it up as a simple WordPress website, which can have links included in email, and can also be linked to on by social media.

Speakers, Servers, and More. . .

We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Johnson, our AZSBC Executive Director will be our speaker at this first retreat.

We are also pleased to announce that Christian Challenge has committed to bringing servers necessary for using the Young Life camp in Williams.  These individuals will bless us by keeping the costs down and bringing food to the tables, family style.  We will in turn bless Christian Challenge by collecting a love offering as our way of showing appreciation.

We are also working on leads for a worship band for the event.

Beginnings

First Baptist Church, Fort Mojave, is an SBC congregation in the Northwest corner of Arizona.  For several years they brought growing groups of men to retreats hosted by non-SBC organizations at Lost Canyon, the Young Life Camp in Williams.

Every year the pastor would feel as if Arizona Southern Baptist churches should be doing a program like this for themselves. Frequently he would check the camp for availability and costs, but invariably they were full or the hurdles seemed to be to great. However after attending their normal retreat in 2015, the church learned that there was a slot open in 2016.

It was the perfect time of year. It was the best facility imaginable. The costs were reasonable. So the church made the commitment to pull together a men’s retreat. The dates are May 13-15, 2016, which is the weekend after Mother’s Day. The costs will be around $125 per person.  The limits are that we will need between 125 and 200 men to attend.  If we fail to reach 125 men the church is on the line for the costs.  We must limit ourselves to 200 men maximum.

Watch here for more information.