We believe men are important to God. God has called men to lead. Unfortunately, the silence and failed leadership of men has made a real mess of things. Through abuse, abandonment, or avoiding responisbility all together, men have destroyed many relationships. Any man not submitted to the Lordship of Jesus Christ has pretty much made himself the center of universe and, as a result, chaos and confusion has ensured.
At Damascus Road, we believe in calling men to lead with strength and courage. We believe in taking responsibility for ourselves, our marriages, and our children. We believe every man is a pastor or future pastor of his family first. This is a man's first calling and we believe God equips those he calls. Below are some ways we work to gather, disciple, and build up the men of our church:
Fight night is a periodic (usually monthly) gathering for all men at the church building or in a local pub. This is a great place for everyone, new and old, to meet the men of the road. We gather for fellowship, and for conversation about all kinds of topics related to God and men. Each Fight Night is unique, so there is no pre-work required—just show up, engage, and enjoy.
The Gym is for those new or renewed disciples. The gym runs through 3 quarters, usually no more than 7 weeks per quarter. Different classes are offered each quarter to meet the needs of different people at different places in their walk. Led by a team of teachers, classes may include such things as basic gospel foundations, as well as theology 101, manhood 101, various books of the Bible, and church history. . Just as Paul charged Timothy to "train yourself for godliness", the Gym is intended o help further trainmen in the Word of God and equip him for every good work.
Fight Clubs are groups of 3-4 men who meet together for the purpose of gospel-centered discipleship. The hope is that all men at Damascus Road Church commit to participating in a Fight Club consistently. We have a men's leadership team in place to help with administration of and assimilation into Fight Clubs. We want all men in FIGHT CLUB meeting regularly to fight together and for one another.
We believe that a gospel community, the church, is necessary for the spiritual maturity of men. Unfortunately, men are usually the first ones to complain about church because it just doesn't feel "manly". The last thing we want to do is create an uber-manly church in response. True manhood isn't exemplified in Ned Flanders or Braveheart. We believe we find our perfect example of a husband, father, and man in Jesus--the real Jesus. We're not talking about the ever-so-popular buddy Jesus, or the boyfriend Jesus, or the hippy Jesus with feathered hair and some weird halo around his head. We want the hard-working, truth telling but gentle, call you on the carpet but meek, blue collar, calloused hand carpenter, tattoed thigh, relax with the friends, willingly endure pain, choose sacrfice, king of kings and Lord of Lords Jesus.
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