“Give me one hundred men who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergyman or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon the earth.” – John Wesley
I had the privilege of attending Promise Keepers Canada for their Winnipeg stop this past weekend. Essentially, what Promise keepers is is a mens conference aimed at empowering men to get off the sidelines and into the Christian game . I could rant on about how great the speakers where and how amazing the band was but I think instead I’ll show you this. Here’s a list of a few things I learnt this weekend.
God’s Grace, the get out of Jail free card. Mark Hughes
- No one is too far gone for God’s Grace, His arms are not too short that He can’t reach down to the lowest of the low.
- We must choose to put the past behind. Philippians 3:13
- Grace can be likened to power brakes, they won’t have much effect unless we first choose to apply them. Likewise, we need to acknowledge our need for Him and His grace will be sufficient to stop us in our tracks and get us back onto the correct road.
Recovering from failure: Samson and David. Nate Larkin
Nate Larkin has an incredible story, his testimony can be found on the I am second website. What Nate spoke on was how we as men can recover from our failures comparing the stories of Samson and David. Moral of the story: be like David not like Samson.
- Samson was a loner, David surrounded himself with a gang of desperado’s and giant killers. We were made for relationships, iron sharpens iron. Our relationships are the most important thing, good friends sustain us in tough times.
- David fell at home among family and friends while Samson fell in enemy territory.
- Samson was a man of Reflex, David was a man of reflection. In other words, Samson was mostly reactive to life, not really addressing how he felt. David on the other hand was honest with God and with the rest of Israel about where he was at emotionally and spiritually through the psalms.
- Jesus offers us a personal relationship but not a private relationship. “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” This Christian walk is not to be done alone, we are given the church for a reason.
Christian Training Camp. Rick Reed
Unlike professional athletes, every single Christian is invited to training camp. This life is something to be taken seriously and given our every ounce of effort. (Hebrews 12:14-17) As an example of what not to do, Reed spoke about the life of Esau.
- Effort is Essential. Esau was sexually undisciplined, Spiritually shallow, and Short sighted (c.f. Gen. 25:29-34). Sadly, much like the average man today.
- The stakes are high. The results of this life have consequences far greater than we can imagine.
- Grace is available. Though we may be in a season of correction, we can be assured that God loves us and corrects for the very reason that he loves us.
Get in the game! John Vermilya
- As Christians, we are not asked to be all-stars, but we are called to get in the game.
- 2 kinds of people in this world: Wicked people and Jesus. We need Jesus…
- God’s plan is greater than my own. Whatever He says is probably a better idea than what I have in mind.
- The Christian life is simple, love God and neighbour with everything you have. Not just your emotions, with your time, money, abilities, relationships…
I knew Promise Keepers was a great event; but this year, having had the opportunity to sit in for the entire conference and take it all in, I was truly blessed. I would encourage any man to attend this conference, it could really be life changing. This is a great event with an even greater message that my bullet points may not have completely encapsulated… In other words, you should check it out for yourself!