Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
WHAT WE’RE ABOUT:
Covenant Warriors is the Men’s Ministry of Covenant Life. We aim to awaken men, to God, through the gospel, to make men aware of their responsibilities. We train men to lead with tender-hearted strength and contrite courage so as to be decisive and ready to sacrifice, protect, and provide for their families. Real leaders follow God. We look to Jesus to be our example in nature, thought, speech, and conduct. We train men to humbly lead at home, at work, in community, and in church.
GET THE MEN:
You’re going to see a lot of principles from Jesus’ ministry that we incorporate at Covenant Life Ministries. We want to emphasize getting the men and training them up. In Christianity today, 60 percent of those who attend church are women. There is an estimated eleven to thirteen million more women in church today than men. Say, “Praise God, the ladies love Jesus.” But where are the men? What are they doing?
JESUS PICKS TWELVE MEN:
Jesus goes after the men. He looks across the hundreds of thousands who are following Him in ministry, and He chooses twelve men to lead with Him. Jesus is consistent with the Old Testament, where the highest spiritual authorities were the priests. They were male descendants of Aaron, which was a requirement. The ministry of Jesus from the Old to New Testament begins with training male leaders. This is why we go after the men at Covenant Life. We want train them to be knowledgeable, capable, courageous, and Christ-like.
JESUS IS OUR ROLE MODEL FOR MANHOOD:
We not only look to Jesus as our great Savior, but we look to Him as our great role model. We want men to be passionate about Jesus, not just because He died for us, but also because He lived for us. Most men fail to look to Him as their example. Jesus is the only perfect man to ever live. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” –Matthew 1129; “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” –John 13:15; “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked.” 1 John 2:6. Jesus is our supreme example for manhood, from His relationship with God the Father, to the way He treated men, women, and children, both repentant and unrepentant.
A COVENANT WARRIOR:
This is a man who uses his life for the glory and fame of Jesus. He recognizes his utter hopelessness apart from God’s grace. He does not trust in himself, but instead trusts God with his life. In submission to God he humbly and lovingly leads his family with endeavors to raise the next generation—in loving and running hard after Jesus. He understands that men and women are created equal, and that equal does not mean exactly alike. He understands the particular functions of Biblical manhood and womanhood, and understands their relationship with one another, not as arbitrary or chauvinistic or discriminatory constraints on freedom, but as wise and gracious prescriptions from God on how men and women [in relation to each other] are to shadow God’s nature and existence. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are absolutely equal in every way, sharing all attributes and qualities, yet there is a difference of role and function between them.
In relation to women, a Biblical man does four things: First, He treats all women as daughters of God. Second, he pastors them, meaning he takes responsibility as the spiritual leader in his home and in his church. Third, he is responsible for providing for their needs. Fourth, he is to protect women and look out for their well being.
We at Covenant Life Ministries love women and we think they deserve better. And as men the best thing we can do in serving them and loving them and caring for them is to honor God’s Word and express to them the love of Jesus.
A WARTIME MINDSET AND A WARTIME LIFESTYLE:
This is what the world needs from us as Christian men—a readiness to lay our lives down for the gospel, making all the sacrifices necessary so that Christ would be honored and glorified. As men, we cannot let our emotions, experiences, and culture define or limit our understanding or acceptance of the truth found in scripture. Rather we must understand fully that the Bible is truth, and we must follow that truth and not our own, and use our experiences in such a way as to expound on that truth rather than letting our experiences be the truth. Covenant Warriors exhort men to endure (2 Timothy 2:3) and stand strong in the power of their God (Ephesians 6:10) in efforts to lead their families, churches, and communities to Christ.
WHAT WE DO:
We gather year-round for special events such as our Men’s breakfast and Guys Night Out. We spend time in fellowship and prayer, we hear God’s Word taught, and wrestle with what God is teaching us. We spend time doing Q&A as well as confession and repentance to go deeper—to share our lives together and walk together as we follow after Jesus.
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