Act Like Men Sermon Series: Beginning April 12th!
Daily there are news reports of uncontrolled behavior, domestic violence and murder by men in our streets. Articles and books are written on why these things are happening, yet few ever address the heart of man or why these things continue. Yet, most of the statistics tell us that nearly 50% of Americans have no church home. In the 1980s, membership in the church had dropped almost 10%; then, in the 1990s, it worsened by another 12% drop - some denominations reporting a 40% drop in their membership. And now, we are seeing the figures drop even more! Every year more than 4000 churches close their doors compared to just over 1000 new church starts! Every year, 2.7 million church members fall into inactivity. This translates into the realization that people are leaving the church. Given the declining numbers and closures of Churches as compared to new church starts, there should have been over 38,000 new churches commissioned to keep up with the population growth. The United States now ranks third (3rd) following China and India in the number of people who are not professing Christians; in other words, the U.S. is becoming an ever increasing "un-reached people group." Statistics tell us that 42% to 50% of all churches in America have a congregation of between 100 and 300 members, and 20% of American churches have fewer than 100 members.
Could it be that Men have fallen asleep, neglected their responsibilities, ignored the word of God, quenched the Holy Spirit and chosen their own path? Many have, but many have drifted away from God and don’t realize it. Our churches quit challenging men to grow spiritually and they are uninformed in God’s Word. Our Universities are hostile to Christianity and do nothing to stop ungodly behavior which has become the norm. Thereby creating an unbridled lifestyle that many pursue with selfish desires and an unwillingness to see God’s will. The falling away (apostasy) has begun and churches may not see these things happening or they may not care. God’s word says much about men and godly behavior. According to Baptist Press: Did you know that if a child is the first person in a household to become a Christian, there is a 3.5 percent probability everyone else in the household will follow? If the mother is the first to become a Christian, there is a 17 percent probability everyone else in the household will follow. But if the father is first, there is a 93 percent probability everyone else in the household will follow. Of about 94 million men in the United States, 68 million don't attend any church, but 85 percent of those say they did grow up with some sort of church background.
It’s time to pray for our men and develop a strong ministry for men. May our focus on how God calls men to lead help us men to return and follow our Lord.