Belvedere First Baptist Church is encouraging area men to “man up.”
The church held its first Man Up! Rise to the Challenge meeting Thursday to encourage men to be bold in expressing their faith in the church and community, said the Rev. John Meyer.
“If we’re going to have a strong church, we need to have strong men. Too often, we let the ladies carry the load in the church and the men have sat back,” he said. “It’s my heart to see men become disciples of Christ, to follow Jesus, to live out their faith in the marketplace, in the community. Not just being here on Sunday mornings. My heart is to see these men grow together as a group of disciples and involve them in ministry and missions in this community and beyond.”
About 30 men gathered at the church to hear the guest speaker, the Rev. Jerry Garvin, pastor of Gilgal Baptist Church in Edgefield, S.C.
“As we grow closer to God, we go further from the world,” Garvin told the group, encouraging them to be bold and stand boldly in their faith regardless of what others say.
He also encouraged them to dutifully study the Bible.
“We need to be in God’s word so that it’s always with us,” he said.
After sharing what he has witnessed prayer do, he stressed that prayer can change things and impact others.He then encouraged the men to come together often to pray.
“Get a prayer partner,” he said. “That’s not a sissy thing to do – pray for each other.”
The meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month. They are open to all men in the area, said Meyer.
“We want to reach out and invite others to come in, especially those who are not churched,” he said.
Meyer plans to invite a variety of community members who have a strong walk in their faith to be guest speakers at future meetings.