Matt Chandler of The Village Church
In week one of this series, we started out defining what manhood is, defining masculinity. And we said that God created men and women equal and yet very distinct. And if you don’t believe me, I think all you need to do is look at small children and you can see that, although they’re equal, they’re very distinct in how they operate and what they do. Boys will build things and knock them over; girls will take two objects and make them friends. And that’s pretty much universal. So we’ve kind of defined it: What is masculinity? What does it mean to be a man? Do women need to be more masculine? Do men need to be more feminine? We kind of answered those questions. And what we said is that it’s clean in Scripture that men are to be cultivators, builders. It’s what God created them to be. But because of sin and because of the fall, everything that man has been charged to cultivate will at times war against him. But it’s in that difficulty that God teaches the man the gospel. So that was week one. And last week, I preached like an hour and ten minutes on the man as a husband. It is by far the most complex, and it is by far the most difficult, because God comes to the man and says, “You will love you wife like I love the church in that I gave Christ for her.” So we talked about our role as husbands to be the initiators in our home across all lines. Because Jesus didn’t die for the church in response to the church, but simply because He loved the church. And so, we love our wives, not in response to what they do for us, but because we are the initiators. And we talked about nourishing, and we talked about cherishing and we talked about all those things. And now I want to move on and talk about men as fathers, and it’s not complex. Now, it’s not easy, but it’s not complex.