The Five C’s Of Biblical Manhood

Compassion – Conviction – Commitment – Confidence – Courage

Our Vision:

The Five C's of Biblical Manhood

Men who:

  • Live in Intimacy with God
  • Have embraced how God has wired them uniquely
  • Are living out God’s purpose for their lives
  • Are actively reproducing the above in their families and others

It takes a relational environment in order for truth to become transformational

Our Mission:

To build men of Godly Compassion, Conviction, Commitment, Confidence and Courage, men who will live a life that demands an explanation.

Introduction:

This dynamic event follows in the tradition of the Men On Target seminar that On Target Ministries rolled out in 1994. That event was, and still is considered one of the most effective men’s conferences in North America. While the Men On Target material focused on helping men discover How and why God made them, this new material gets to the heart of what a disciple of Jesus really looks like. As men track through the Five C’s they will discover how each one is necessary in an important building process toward becoming the man God wants.

This material can be communicated in a variety of timeframes, venues and formats. There are four sessions, (outlined below) each leading toward meaningful times of group interaction around carefully chosen discussion questions. At the end of the event men are encouraged to stay connected with other men through their local church small-group programs. A new one-year curriculum designed to help in this area is currently being developed.

Event Outline:

Session 1 (Becoming a man of Godly Compassion)

In this opening session men will discover that godly compassion is our obvious starting point in life. In this case we are talking about godly compassion toward God first—and then toward others. Jesus tells us that the two greatest commandments are loving God first — and then — loving others as ourselves. Those commandments are in that order for a reason — you cannot do the latter without first doing the former.

Men will discover how awesome our God is and how to have a more intimate relationship with Him in order to ultimately be able to see others through His eyes.

Job 26:7-14 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces. By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent. And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power?

Zechariah 7:9-10 This is what the Lord says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.

Godly Compassion Means I:

  • Have a healthy devotional habit and love God with all my heart
  • Spend more time praying than I do whining
  • Work to become the very best at whatever I do (Colossians 3:22-24)
  • See others as precious to God no matter what they believe

On a scale of 1-10 how am i doing?

Discussion Questions:

  • Everything begins with the right relationship with God—on a scale of 1-10 how would I rate this relationship in my life?
  • Can I view others through His eyes?
  • What do I need to do to have a more intimate relationship with God?

Session 2 (Becoming a man of Godly Conviction & Commitment)

Godly conviction is a natural flow from developing godly compassion. As I better understand who God is and truly believe His Word it is easier to have the right kind of convictions. In this session we will explore what that looks like and men will see the need for healthy convictions in order to become a man of godly commitment.

I Thessalonians 1:5 Because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.

Luke 9:23-26 Then He said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me…”

“Give me 100 men who hate nothing but sin and love God with all their hearts and I will shake the world for Christ!” – John Wesley

Godly Conviction and Commitment Means I:

  • Believe God’s Word is true and will not compromise
  • Believe God is in control—not me
  • Am a man of my word
  • Am becoming more obedient and gaining control over the sin in my life
  • Love others unconditionally

On a scale of 1-10 how am i doing?

Discussion Questions:

  • Am I driven more by my politics or the Word of God? How would I rate my current knowledge of God’s word?
  • Does my life reflect the right perspective—am I giving my best even if no one is looking?
  • Is my life off course—what must I do to get back on course?

Session 3 (Becoming a man of Godly Confidence & Courage)

Godly confidence and courage are not possible unless I am a man who understands and is living out the first three of our C’s. In this powerful session men will discover the confidence God wants us to have in facing real-life issues and ultimately how to resist the normal kinds of fear that often chokes off what God wants to flow through our life. Men are also taught the importance of not going it alone. A very strong emphasis is communicated here regarding the need for men to submit themselves to loving, accountable relationships and remain teachable.

Hebrews 13:6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me”?

Philippians 1:20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

It takes a relational environment in order for truth to become transformational

Godly Confidence and Courage Means I:

  • Maintain confidence in all situations
  • Have a positive (can-do) attitude
  • Resist fear
  • Am submitted to accountability and willing to learn

On a scale of 1-10 how am i doing?

Discussion Questions:

  • Is my level of confidence driven by my own sense of sufficiency or have I come to terms that it is God who goes ahead of me? (True peace comes when I recognize how little I bring to the table)
  • Do I submit to accountable relationships and understand I cannot go it alone?
  • Am I willing to not compromise my principles even in the face of great consequences?

Session 4 (For Such a Time as This)

In the closing session we deal with how God wants us to see and minister in and through our current circumstances. It is a powerful wake-up call for men to step up and be all that the Five C’s embody at home, work, church and in our community.

2 Timothy 4:1-5 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage –with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

1 Peter 2:12 Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may on account of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Discussion Questions:

  • To what extent are my trials revealing my character?
  • Are my circumstances defining me or am I placing God between me and my struggle?
  • Am I willing to pay the price and endure the hardships of strict training?