“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness… Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled…” (Titus 2:1, 7).
The Antioch Men’s Ministry exists to encourage the men of our church to be godly shepherds of their own homes, to foster spiritual growth in men’s lives, and to equip young men for the calling of Biblically mature manhood. We enjoy age-integrated fellowship and encourage the young men (12+) to join us at most men’s ministry events. Our desire is that each man and young man would have the opportunity to learn how to “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God…” (Col. 1:10).
The primary men’s gathering is the monthly Men’s Breakfast meeting. We typically meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 8-9 AM for breakfast and teaching before our Sunday morning worship service. Topics of study range from the discussion of weighty theological topics (e.g. understanding the Doctrine of God’s Sovereignty or reviewing what the Bible teaches about the Final Judgment) to practical matters, such as praying with and for your wife or understanding how to lead family worship in our homes. We hold fast to the centrality of God’s Word in all matters of life and strive to choose study materials that are Gospel-focused and useful for all the men of the church, regardless of age or stage of life.
- Annual Men’s Retreat: Each Fall, the men spend three days and two nights at the beach enjoying fellowship, a little manly competition, and especially the study of God’s Word and application to our lives as men. This highly anticipated event encourages the men to forge deeper, lasting relationships with each other, to be encouraged in areas of spiritual struggle, and to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12) throughout the whole year.
- Iron Man Groups: With a name inspired by the popular triathlon fitness events, every man at Antioch is encouraged to join an Iron Man Group so that we might be mutually “straining forward to what lies ahead” and “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). With a very free structure, about 3-5 men meet weekly in groups all over Alamance County for mutual accountability, prayer, intercession, and encouragement. Every man or young man who can drive himself is encouraged to join or form an Iron Man Group.