Men's Discipleship

Our next men's study is D.A. Carson's  The Cross and Christian Ministry. We'll meet Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm beginning May 2, 2019.



Today, the cross is sanitized.  It adorns churches, dangles from necklaces, gleams from lapels.  Yet in the first century the cross was a grotesque and abhorrent image, a symbol of evil, torture and shame.

Which of these is the cross that calls us to Christian ministry? The one made of shiny precious metals?  Or the one fashioned of rough wood and stained with the blood of Christ?

In The Cross and Christian Ministry, D.A. Carson explains what the death of Christ means for ministry and why the focus of ministry must be on what is central—the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Through his exposition of 1 Corinthians, Carson explores the issues of factionalism, servant-leadership, and shaping “world” Christians in order to present principles of dynamic, cross-centered worship that compel us to share the Good News.

D.A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and is the author or editor of more than fifty books, including The God Who Is There and How Long, O Lord?  He is one of the founders of The Gospel Coalition and an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world.  


Men’s Study Schedule

Spring 2019


May 2        The Cross and Preaching

                    1 Corinthians 1:18—2:5

May 9        The Cross and the Holy Spirit

                    1 Corinthians 2:6-16

May 16      The Cross and Factionalism

                    1 Corinthians 3

May 23      The Cross and Christian Leadership

                    1 Corinthians 4

May 30      The Cross and the World Christian

                    1 Corinthians 9:19-27

June 6       Conclusion

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Our weekly Men’s Discipleship group is part of the discipleship ministry of Pacific Hope Church. We exist to encourage and equip men to present themselves to God as “. . . one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15). The studies selected by the Elders are designed to build up men of spiritual maturity and leadership within the church and at home.


"As defined in the Bible, manhood is a functional reality, demonstrated in a man's fulfillment of responsibility and leadership. The Bible is clear about a man's responsibility to exercise spiritual maturity and spiritual leadership. Of course, this spiritual maturity takes time to develop, and it is a gift of the Holy Spirit working within the life of the believer. The disciplines of the Christian life, including prayer and serious Bible study, are among the means God uses to mold a boy into a man and to bring about spiritual maturity . . . .


"A close look at many churches will reveal that a central problem is the lack of biblical maturity among the men of the congregation and a lack of biblical knowledge that leaves men ill-equipped and completely unprepared to exercise spiritual leadership. Men must know their way around the biblical text and feel at home in the study of God's Word. They must stand ready to take their place as leaders in the local church.


"While God has appointed specific officers for his church—men who are specially gifted and publicly called—every man should fulfill some leadership responsibility within the life of the congregation. For some men, this may mean a less public role of leadership than is the case with others. In any event, a man should be able to teach someone, and to lead in some ministry, translating his personal discipleship into the fulfillment of a godly call."     ~ Al Mohler