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Be a Man: Fight Adam & Follow Jesus – Sermon

July 27, 2009

I had the awesome privilege Sunday, July 26th, 2009 to preach in my church. I find that I really enjoy preaching (I’ve only preached a handful of times) & look forward to every opportunity that I get.

This time I managed to preach for 50min. This is funny because in my preaching class back in Bible College (6yrs ago), we had to prep a 20min. sermon & I only put enough together for 7min. It was really funny.

You can listen to it/download it here [sorry, lost the audio link].

Or, you can read my manuscript (below). (Of course I didn’t stick exactly to it, but its pretty close.)

Blessings.

PRAY.

Personal Intro:

Now, I’ve had this conversation a few times with a few guys and I usually start out saying something like this: “You remember the passage of Adam and Eve in the garden? (yes) What was Adam’s sin?” Usually, the answer is “he ate the fruit he was told not to eat.” That’s right, but he sinned before that. That sin that he committed before eating the fruit is what we’re going to be talking about this morning.

What’s with guys always trying to find the “path of least resistance”?

What’s with guys being okay with mediocrity?

What’s with guys just doing the bare minimum, never going the extra mile?

I think there are a lot of boys out there who are so afraid of failure that they never get involved in anything that might include even an ounce of risk.

“Be a Man: Fight Adam & Follow Jesus”

Sermon Intro:

Today I want to talk to you about being a Man. I apologize to the women up front here because I will be talking mostly to the men this morning. But statistics show that if you win a man to Christ, his wife & children are many times more likely to follow than if the woman is won to Christ first.

All through Scripture we have these 2 guys pitted against each other Adam vs. Jesus. Its a cage match. The “first Adam” and the “last Adam”. The guy who messed everything up…and the guy who fixed everything up.

THESIS:

Being a real man means that you will fight the “Adam” inside you and follow Jesus.

And it is a battle. I don’t think we always realize this. And what we (men) need to realize is that its time to grow up…we need to stop being boys and act like the men of God that we are called to be and join in the fight instead of standing there with a deer-in-the-headlights look on our faces waiting for life to happen around them.

The reason its a battle? Adam is our great great great great great…grandfather. We have Adam as our Father and we are born with his tendencies, his fallen attributes.

Example: All my life, I’ve grown up with this statement being echoed in my ears, “Boy do you look like your dad!” I’ve always looked like my Dad…even when I worked with him, we rarely had to explain what we were thinking or what the next plan of action was because we always knew what the other was thinking. All of my Dad’s brothers are quite a lot alike…and my uncle Mike is visiting us right now…the other day he was at my house & we were sitting the exact same way opposite each other in my family room. I just think its amazing how similar we can be to our own families.

Original sin has caused us all to have a tendency to be like Adam.

Romans 5:12 – “Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—.”

Examples:You know…I’ve heard it said that if someone doesn’t believe in original sin, then they obviously don’t have any children. LOL.

I mean, we’ve got Jacob and Esau fighting in the womb (Gen. 25:22) & Jacob grabbing his brother’s heel as he’s leaving the womb (Gen. 25:26). King David confesses (Psalm 51:5) to God that he’s been sinful from the time he was conceived.

So what does Adam look like? What exactly are our Adam-like tendencies as men? He is our great grandpa…we look like him, so lets look at our main passage this morning: Genesis 3:1-13 (READ IT).

Intro to ADAM:

I’m going to list them based on this passage of Scripture, but I will focus in on one main issue that I think is our biggest issue. But I would encourage you men who want to follow Jesus, that you come back here often & use Adam as an example of what NOT to do. Do the opposite of what Adam does here & I guarantee that you will become a better man.

READ: Genesis 3:1-13

Adam’s example in Genesis 3:1-13 is as follows:

  1. Did not protect Eve in leading her away from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (or away from the serpent)

  1. When the serpent asked a tricky question, Adam didn’t clarify (v.1)

  2. When Eve answered & added to God’s Word, Adam did not correct her. (v.3)

  3. Allowed the serpent to speak a lie to Eve (“you will not die”) (v.4)

  4. Allowed the serpent to teach them lies (v.5)

  5. Did not correct her when she believed the lie (that it would make her wise & good for food) (v.6)

  6. He watched her participate in sin—saying nothing (v.6)

    • Now…this, I think, as men, is our single most difficult issue.

    • Adam stood there, looked dumb…didn’t say anything…no guidance, no direction, he left Eve fending for herself.

    • deer-in-the-headlights”

    • Let me keep going for now, but I will come back to this.

  1. He participated in sin with her (v.6)

  2. They hid from God (v.8)

  3. Then Adam blame-shifted to Eve & to God (then Eve blame-shifted to the serpent).

So I said that I would camp out on the part where Adam did nothing. He basically did nothing the whole way through. He said nothing! He did nothing!

Every man looks forward to the weekend or the summer or their holiday time where they get to put their feet up…relax…do…nothing. VEG-TIME.

Let me be clear that I am not talking about Sabbath. There is a difference between Sabbath (taking some God-honoring time for God & your family) there’s a difference between that an vegging…Sabbath is something commanded by God and you must make time for it (that is a whole other sermon), but the desire to do nothing when it is your time to act, that is SIN and we as men must fight our tendency towards that.

ADAM’s big sin here is a sin of omission. James 4:17 says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”

I really believe that “doing nothing” is our biggest issue…our hardest Adam-like tendency to overcome. Adams very inactivity allowed all of that to go down.

Examples in the Bible of this:

  • Parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30)…the one guy hid what his master gave him, did nothing with it, risked nothing, gained nothing…was that wise? Prudent? Conservative? WRONG. Acting like that is wicked: v.26 “You wicked and slothful servant…cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.”

  • Matthew 3:10 – “Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

  • The Good Samaritan Luke 10:29-37 – the Priest and the Levite both passed him by and did nothing for the man in need. It is was in their power to act, but they did nothing.

Jesus’ example:

This tendency is to sin, and we must fight it. If we call ourselves Christian men, then we must put off our old selves & put on the new self in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:20-24 – “But that is not the way you learned Christ!–assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of you minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

We must STRIVE to be like Jesus!

Jesus is our Hero! Jesus is our Commanding Officer…he is the King!

He came to save us from our sins, and as men, we must renew afresh our faith and trust in him.

We must throw off the old self…the self that wants to just be like Adam and not do anything…just relax, just stand there, not have to protect, not have to guard, not have to correct, discipline, train, any of those things…and put on the new self! Fight it!

1 Corinthians 15:22 – “For as in Adam all DIE so also in Christ shall all be made ALIVE!”

1 Corinthians 15:45 – “The first became a living being…the last Adam (ie: –> Jesus) became a life-giving spirit!”

It is through Jesus alone that we can be men who follow after Jesus.

Challenge:

Men, this is a fight.

God calls men all throughout the Bible to be strong men. (Dt. 31:6-7, 23; Js. 1:6-7,9, 10:25 – God’s command to Joshua to be strong & courageous.)

Sometimes boys get to the age where they can make babies, and they think that’s what being a man is all about…well its not. Its about

Discipline can be a hard thing, but we need to do it we must master sin (Gen 4:7 – “If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

We are not called to a health club.

We are not called to a free-loader ride…all expenses paid…all inclusive resort-type event.

We are not called to be disciples of Jesus so that we can sit around on our duffs all day and do nothing.

We are not called to Jesus for NOTHING!

We are at war!

We need men, not boys! A boy is someone who does what Adam did in the garden. A boy is someone who:

  1. doesn’t protect the women in his life from harm or stepping in harm’s way.
  2. Doesn’t correct lies when they are spoken.
  3. Allows his wife and children to be taught lies
  4. Doesn’t correct his family when they believe lies
  5. Doesn’t say anything when it is his time to speak and act.
  6. Participates in sin
  7. Hides from God
  8. blame-shifts to others.
  9. Doesn’t clarify or point to the truth when things are questionable.

We need men to be real men…Godly men…men who follow Jesus.

When you are at war, if a command has been given & you stand there with a blank stare, do nothing and all of that, you could be in danger of being arrested and put on trial for disobeying your commanding officer! Not only that, in a real-life situation where there is real danger, if you don’t obey your orders, you could be dead.

2 Timothy 2:4“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”

CONCLUSION:

Men, I have not arrived.

Men, I have not lived this way completely, so please hear me as a man who is preaching this to himself as much as I am to you.

I need to be more faithful at praying with Keely and devoting time to talking with her about what I’ve been reading in the Bible and learning from God. Interpreting life through the lense of the Bible and calling my family to live as Jesus is calling us to live.

How can we practically live it out?

Here are some ideas…

I want to give you some things to do. You will always get homework from me when I preach, so get out a pen & a piece of paper & write this down.

  • Look for the REAL MEN in the Bible as you read…make note of them & emulate their behaviour

  • Newly elected Board:

    • you have a task to lead this church…it is not unlike Joshua & you should be strong & very courageous. Fight the tendency to be like Adam…act when it is in your power to do so & be like Jesus…follow him with all that you are with strength & courage.

  • Men’s ministries:

    • Look for ways for men to strengthen other men…not just hang out together, but real men teaching the boys how to follow Jesus. Protect the weaker men from making stupid decisions…mentor…look for camaraderie, opportunities for mission, teamwork & love the brotherhood.

  • challenge all men

    • MEMORIZE Ephesians 5…

    • wash your wife with the Word”: don’t wait till Sunday for the Pastor to do it, its your job. Give them the word all week long…come to church and listen to the Pastor to see how you can be a better man of God.

    • 1 Tim 2:8 – “I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.”

      • Here is a challenge from John Piper in reference to a cigarette billboard with the slogan, “Where a Man Belongs:” → “To hell with such lies! Where a man belongs is on his knees beside his wife, leading in prayer. Where a man belongs is at the bedside of his children, leading in devotion and prayer. Where a man belongs is in the driver’s seat, leading his family to the house of God. Where a man belongs is up early and alone with God, seeking vision and direction for the family. Men, I challenge you in the name of Jesus Christ our King, be where you belong!”

    • 2 Tim 2:2 – Faithful men should teach the entrusted Word. – “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”

    • Do what it takes to fight that laziness to be like Adam to do nothing.

    • BE A MAN! LEAD!

    • 1 Cor 16:13-14

      • Be watchful,

      • stand firm in the faith,

      • act like men,

      • be strong.

      • Let all that you do be done in love.”

  • to the women: this has been a message that I’ve kinda left the women out of, but I think that the women in this room would be quite okay with that fact that if half of the boys in this room got off their butts stopped giving blank stares when their families are begging for real leadership & started to march after Jesus as a soldier for Christ…I think the women will be okay with one message not entirely including them.

IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SAY WITH PAUL…

Don’t you want to be able to say with the Apostle Paul, “Be imitators of me as I am of Christ!” (1 Corinthians 11:1)

ie: Don’t know where to go? Misguided? Misdirected? I know where I’m going…follow me. You must be able to say that…at least to your family. Imagine what it would be like to call out to a bunch of men like Paul & say I know where I’m going…as I follow Christ…follow me.

PRAY

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BENEDICTION:

1 Timothy 6:11-16 – “But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. rileyteufel permalink
    July 27, 2009 3:52 pm

    I love this bit
    “1 Tim 2:8 – ‘I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling.'”

  2. annawood permalink
    July 27, 2009 4:03 pm

    Oh, for such men. I have six sons and this describes exactally where and how I want them to believe and be. Thank you.

  3. Huana permalink
    November 21, 2009 7:51 pm

    I heard your July sermon was good, Mark, and I JUST took the time to read it. You’ve passed on so much of the Word here. Thanks for saying it as it is.

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