36 min

Men & The Identity Trap The Middle with Daniel and Heather Ritchie

    • Christianity

The culture at large has fed men the lie that “they are what they do.” It is in this lie where men can have their joy, their hope and their purpose stolen from them by a never-ending chase for more. Join us this week for us to talk about biblical manhood and the hope that comes from building your life on the One who holds your life in His hands.
 
1) The cultural perspective of manhood is broken.
- The world around us has built the picture of true manhood on two things:
a) What man does (job, hobby, success in all things) b) What man has (house, truck, wife, $) - A subjective moving target "identity" like that is something that creates a performance heavy view of my life.
- The lie in that sort of self-obsessed idolatry is that MY worth depends on MY work. It's a way of life that's doomed to fail.
- It is the reason you see men in mid-life crisis. They've worked decades to build a kingdom - that only disappoints.
 
2) We have to see what they world doesn't
[Colossians 2:6-7] - Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
- The only reason I have worth has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Who has made me, saved me and is working in me.
- We don't keep score like the world does, which is hard because we are looking to a lot of things we can't see.
[Matthew 7:24-25] -  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
- We build our lives and our identity on His words. That gives us a firm foundation that won't crumble underneath us.
 
3) The identity of man is expressed in love
- The worldly picture of man does not involve love. It involves guns, grease and grit.
- The ultimate picture of manhood is expressed by the ultimate man in Jesus. All of that is seen in love:
a) Love of God - pursue Him at home & at church b) Love your wife - the living picture of the gospel [Ephesians 5] c) Love your kids - you're the picture of the Father d) Love others - loving in such a counter cultural way gains gospel attention.  
Loving
H – Home Revovations
D - Acts 29 in Guatemala

The culture at large has fed men the lie that “they are what they do.” It is in this lie where men can have their joy, their hope and their purpose stolen from them by a never-ending chase for more. Join us this week for us to talk about biblical manhood and the hope that comes from building your life on the One who holds your life in His hands.
 
1) The cultural perspective of manhood is broken.
- The world around us has built the picture of true manhood on two things:
a) What man does (job, hobby, success in all things) b) What man has (house, truck, wife, $) - A subjective moving target "identity" like that is something that creates a performance heavy view of my life.
- The lie in that sort of self-obsessed idolatry is that MY worth depends on MY work. It's a way of life that's doomed to fail.
- It is the reason you see men in mid-life crisis. They've worked decades to build a kingdom - that only disappoints.
 
2) We have to see what they world doesn't
[Colossians 2:6-7] - Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
- The only reason I have worth has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Who has made me, saved me and is working in me.
- We don't keep score like the world does, which is hard because we are looking to a lot of things we can't see.
[Matthew 7:24-25] -  “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
- We build our lives and our identity on His words. That gives us a firm foundation that won't crumble underneath us.
 
3) The identity of man is expressed in love
- The worldly picture of man does not involve love. It involves guns, grease and grit.
- The ultimate picture of manhood is expressed by the ultimate man in Jesus. All of that is seen in love:
a) Love of God - pursue Him at home & at church b) Love your wife - the living picture of the gospel [Ephesians 5] c) Love your kids - you're the picture of the Father d) Love others - loving in such a counter cultural way gains gospel attention.  
Loving
H – Home Revovations
D - Acts 29 in Guatemala

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