The Two-Named Leader of the Disciples

This week, our study picks up on the man few would argue against as the leader of the twelve: Simon Peter….or simply, Peter.

I picked up on something new while reading Chapter 2 of our study (this week’s assignment).  Our author talks about the two names for Christ’s “Rock”.  Simon and Peter.  Throughout the gospels, Peter is sometimes referred to as “Simon”; other times as “Peter”; and even fewer times as “Simon Peter”.

John 1:43 describes Jesus’ first face-to-face meeting with Simon Peter:

“Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, ‘You are Simon, the son of Jonah.  You shall be called Cephas’ (which is translated, A Stone).”

So, “Simon” refers to the old ways; the brash, vacillating, and undependable fisherman.

And, “Peter” refers to the person Jesus wanted him to be.

MacArthur writes:

“He wanted the nickname to be a perpetual reminder to him about who he should be.  And from that point on, whatever Jesus called him sent a subtle message.  If He called him Simon, He was signaling him that he was acting like his old self.  If He called him Rock, He was commending him for acting the way he ought to be acting.”

Maybe more of us should go through life with two names; one that describes when we’re acting less than our potential; and the other when we’re leaning towards greatness.

What would your two names be?

Rob Miller leads us this week as we dig more into Peter from the Chapter 2 reading.  Fellowship begins at 7:30 am.  Lesson starts at 7:45 am.  Cornwell Center.

I’ll see you then!

12 No-bodies who became Some-bodies!

Lots of excitement among our group this week as we kick off (or re-kick-off) a new series, Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur.  For some of the group’s veterans, this is a re-do, of sorts.  For others, it’s a great study that remains a favorite by most of our men.

Selfishly, I looked up the introduction from this study I posted in January, 2018 and pasted it below.  The instructions then are still relevant this week:

This week, our homework is to read the Introduction and Chapter 1 (“Common Men, Uncommon Calling”).

As you read this week’s assignment, think about a few things:

  • First, Jesus chooses the twelve not because they were famous, smart, powerful or even wealthy.  Why do you think this was the case?
  • Next, read 1 Timothy 3:2-7 and write down the qualities that Paul says are prerequisites for being a leader in the local church.  Think about which of those qualities would not have been present in the disciples when Jesus first chose them.
  • Finally, how can we balance out the understanding that God delights in choosing ordinary nobodies (like us) but yet has high expectations for us at the same time?

Lots to cover this week and it’s a long reading.  Remember to break it apart, if you must, and save time to go ponder the three questions above.

Finally, with new study comes the opportunity to invite someone to join us.  I’d encourage you to extend the invitation today!

See you this Friday, SEP 6th at The Cornwell Center.  Gather starting at 7:30 am.  We’ll launch into this week’s lesson at 7:45 am.

Peace!

Who’s Tom???

Really enjoyed our fellowship at The People’s Market last Friday with the men who joined.  Special “thanks” to my good friend, Scott Rigsby, who joined us to share is personal testimony of triumph over tragedy.  I’ve heard him speak many times and I always leave with new nuggets of wisdom.  Last week was no exception!

For those interested in Scott’s book that he mentioned, you can find it on Amazon at this LINK.

Looking ahead for our next study, quick reminder that we’re off this Friday due to the Labor Day weekend.  We’ll meet again on Friday, SEP 6th to start our “re-look” at Twelve Ordinary Men…or what I affectionately refer to as “TOM”.

I’m looking for men to sign up to lead any of the weeks for this study.  Please sign up at this LINK.  As always, the expectation is that weekly leaders put the ball in play….the group tends to take on the lesson once you get things rolling!

Enjoy the week off.  I’ll see everyone on the 6th at The Cornwell Center!

Peace!

Mike

Friday Fellowship this Week at The People’s Market!

We’re taking a brief pause this week between ending our last series and starting up on next one.  Reminder that our next series is Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur.  If you haven’t purchased the book, please do so before that series kick-off in two weeks, Friday, SEP 6th at The Cornwell Center.

No FMMF-Charlotte next week due to the Labor Day holiday.

This week, we’re gathering in “fellowship” at The People’s Market on East Blvd.  Come meet for coffee or breakfast or both beginning at 7:30 am.  My good friend, Scott Rigsby, from Atlanta, will be joining us.  He has a great story of how God led him to triumph over tragedy.  Very informal chat….but I’m excited Scott will join us this Friday for breakfast.

More on Scott at this LINK.

I’ll see you on Friday!

Peace!

Mike

 

Looking in the Mirror

As I read through this week’s lesson, Chapter 8: Forgiveness, I kept thinking about this concept of looking in the mirror.  Our author does a great job of discussing the expectations that we have on receiving forgiveness from God and others we’ve “wronged”, but are often slow to grant the same forgiveness in the same manner.  That’s where I had this vision of someone, maybe even me, looking in the mirror and questioning their own abilities to forgive.

There’s a great discussion about the costs associated with forgiveness.  Our author explains:

“Forgiveness is costly.  It means canceling a debt when we feel we have every right to demand payment.  It means absorbing the pain, hurt, shame and grief of someone’s sin against us.  It means looking for repentance and restoration.”

So how do we tackle this “cost”?  Well, luckily we have Rob Miller leading us this week to discuss this week’s chapter.

Meet at the Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am on Friday.  Rob will lead us beginning at 7:45 am.

And, don’t forget that we’ll start the next series the Friday after Labor Day weekend, September 6th.  Details on the next study series and our upcoming meeting schedule are in last week’s update at this LINK.

Peace!

Looking Ahead to Our NEXT Study: “Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur

We’ve got two more lessons in our current study, but I wanted to share information about our next study as well as some related calendar dates.

By popular demand, we are re-visiting a study we’ve done before….because it packs such a powerful lesson for all men, especially today!

Twelve Ordinary Men” by John MacArthur.  You can order the book at this linkTwelve Ordinary Men

We will tackle this study over a 10-week stretch: September 6th thru November 8th

August 23 will be a special “breakfast fellowship” at the People’s Market at 1315 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC from 7:30 am – 8:30 am.

And August 30 will be a “FMMF Charlotte” holiday in advance of Labor Day weekend.

Sign up to lead our Twelve Ordinary Men (TOM) study at the FMMF Charlotte sign-up page:  FMMF Charlotte sign up page

Finally, as always, a new FMMF study is a great way to invite one individual or several to check out our Friday morning fellowship.  I encourage you to extend that invitation today!

Peace!

Inside and Outside…..

Looking forward to catching up with everyone after a “summer break” last Friday.  We’re back at the Cornwell Center to discuss chapter 7 “Mission” of our current study, “The Gospel-Centered Life”.  This week our author discusses how following the Gospel certainly helps us experience what he calls “God’s grace working in and on us”.  However, what does this do for our outward movement?  Can a change to our inner “self”, also cause a change “outward”?

I won’t spoil the message….but, like me, I think you’ll really like this chapter.  Simple, yet powerful!

Jon Pascal is leading us this week so come early if you can…because he always packs a full lesson!

See you at the Cornwell Center starting at 7:30 am for fellowship, then our lesson.

Peace!

Schedule Changes….Take Note!

This morning (7/19) we discussed an upcoming change to our meeting schedule due to upcoming vacations and business travel.

Please NOTE that we will not meet NEXT FRIDAY, July 26th.  We are slipping the reading assignments by one week as follows:

  • AUG 2: Lesson 7: Mission (leader: Mike Lenhart)
  • AUG 9: Lesson 8: Forgiveness (leader: Rob Miller)
  • AUG 16: Lesson 9: Conflict (and book wrap up) (leader is TBD)

Enjoy the week off!  We’ll see everyone on Friday, August 2nd!

Peace!

Talking about “Sin beneath the sin…”

Chapter 6 this week discusses the concept of “heart idols”.  Our author refers to these as simply the “sins beneath the sins”….. deeply rooted idolatry.  Or, better stated, beneath our surface sins are typically heart idols; false gods that have eclipsed our thoughts and affections.

Have you ever seen the picture of an iceberg?  Typically the part of the ice formation that’s above the surface of the ocean is a very small percentage of what’s beneath.  To some degree, the iceberg symbolically represents what our author is describing in this week’s chapter as it relates to underlying sins and heart idolatry.

Jason Schubert leads us this week.  Make sure you read the article called “Heart Idolatry“.  That’s the primary tool for this week’s lesson.

See you at the Cornwell Center around 7:30 am.  Our lesson starts at 7:45 am.

Peace!

Repentance: More about you….less about me!

Hope everyone enjoyed the “week off” to celebrate the July 4th holiday!  We’re back in fellowship this week, studying Chapter 5 of our series, “Repentance”.

You’ll find as you read this week’s chapter, that our author does a great job explaining many of our faults when we say “I’m sorry…..”.  Often times, our efforts to seek forgiveness are structured to clear our own guilt, but offer no comfort to those we have offended.  We believe we are “in control” and can fix ourselves…..but, as history as proven, this is never the case!

Short reading this week.  Easy to take notes and prepare for the exercise we’ll tackle called “Practicing Repentance”.

Mike leads us this week.  Come early and share stories about what you did on the 4th of July!  Our lesson starts at 7:45 am at the Cornwell Center.

Peace!