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Conferences Challenge Men to Grow in Godliness

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio—Men gathered at two churches in Ohio March 5 for conferences designed to encourage them to grow in godliness. Calvary Baptist Church in Bellefontaine hosted a Men of God Conference, and First Baptist Church in Medina hosted Man Up.

At the Men of God Conference, Bruce Hooley, a radio and podcast host, spoke on “Identity in Christ.”

The Bible describes believers as being new creations in Christ, the church points out. When we profess Christ as Savior, “we are no longer characterized by sin-filled attitudes” but rather by a new identity of being “a new creation” in Christ, the church says, referring to 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new, our old nature having passed away.”

Bruce’s messages addressed “Who Am I?” “Why Am I Here?” and “How Can I Be Sure That My Life Will Have an Impact?”

At Man Up, Jeremy Kimble, associate professor of theology at Cedarville University, spoke on “Fighting for Biblical Manhood,” the theme of this annual event.

We think we might need more money, more career advancements, and more vacations, the church says, but “what we need most is more of God, because it is only through more of Him that we find the full and abundant living which we long for most deeply.”

Jeremy says, “We should not be settling. We should not be retreating. We should be advancing by God’s grace.”

Both events not only shared the gospel with the men but also taught them how to thrive as men of God in their marriages, in their parenting, in the workplace, and in their churches.

Chuck Pausley, state representative of the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches, says he is “thankful for men in our churches willing to learn or be reminded of God’s call to Biblical leadership in their homes, churches, and communities.”