God's Idea for Manhood

It Starts with the True Man


In today's world, there are many competing definitions for what it means to be a man, which has led Christian men into confusion about how to pursue godly manhood. Eric Metaxas shares God's idea for manhood and how the example of Christ clears away the misconceptions presented by culture. 

Eric is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named “Book of the Year” by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) and appeared on numerous 2010 “Book of the Year” lists. He is also the host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a daily radio program in 120 cities, and the co-host of BreakPoint, a daily radio program that provides a Christian perspective on current news and trends to over 8 million estimated listeners.

Listen as Eric discusses how biblical manhood finds its source in Jesus Christ.


When you think about "manhood," what are some of the attributes that come to mind? Can you identify some of the significant influences behind the ways you think about manhood (parents, church, media, etc.)?
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True manhood begins with the greatest Man, Jesus Christ. While He clearly possessed strength, He used it in service to others. What are some of the New Testament examples that stick out to you of Jesus serving others? What is compelling about Jesus in these stories?
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In what ways does your understanding of manhood conflict with the model of Jesus? How could you begin turning these over to God?
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One of the main areas of confusion about manhood has to do with strength. Listen as Eric addresses some of the ways our culture errs and how Christian men should think about the strengths God has given to them.


Eric observed that strength is not inherently bad. In fact, it is a good gift, but must be used for God's purposes. What are some of your areas of strength (physical strength, character, intelligence, etc.)? In what ways are you tempted to use your strengths for your own purposes rather than God's?
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What opportunities do you have to spend your strengths in service to others? What are the obstacles that tempt you from doing so?
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What are some ways you could use your strengths to serve others this week?
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While a right theology of manhood is important, future generations need models to show them how it works in practice, too. In this video, Eric explains how the best model to follow is that of a father, which is God's call for every man.


How would you describe what it means to be a father? What are some of the ways you see God model fatherhood in Scripture (e.g. Matt. 6:26; 18:12-14; Lk. 6:35-36; Rom. 8:15-16; 1 Jn. 3:1)?
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Who are some of the men you would consider father figures? In what ways have they influenced you?
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Eric said that being a father figure to someone means placing their interests above your own. Who are some people in your life today that you could begin serving in this way?
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God displays His idea for manhood in the person of Jesus Christ. Eric said, "The greatest person in the history of the universe laid his life down for the worst people in the history of the universe." Jesus lived this out by dying on the cross. He showed that manhood is about using the strengths that God has given you in service to others. May your life be a living example of the sacrificial service Christ has given to you.

For more information on how to purchase a copy of Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness, please visit www.7menbook.com.