Unpacking the Man and Woman of God

Male - irresponsible with their life and the lives of others (male by birth)
  • He makes children but doesn’t father them 
  • He makes promises but never keeps them
  • He makes rules but doesn’t follow them 
Man - responsible with his life and the lives of others - but not necessarily committed to God (man by choice) 
  • He will care for his children - his responsibilities 
  • He will provide for a family -  he will even go to church 
1 Timothy 3:15-17
Paul uses the phrase Man of God 
This is the God intention of all men – here a dual reference can be used 
One he speaks of Ministers - those called of God to be dedicated to ministry - then there’s the character of the minister which is applicable to all  
Verse 16 – The first thing we must notice, Man of God is being breathed upon by God through the word
  • What created man – sustains man (Adam) 
  • God created man by breathing into his nostrils the breath of God - this breath became his nature – his nature was secured by God
Engage:
When God breathed into Man (Adama) what do you believe he deposited of his own nature?

Note the Verse - Teach – Reprove – Correct – Train
  • The Training is not in how to win women – how to be successful – but how to be righteous 
  • Why Righteousness? -  God is building the man to look like himself and govern His property (Earth)
  • Just because Adam failed in the keeping of the Dominion Mandate (Gen 1:28) does not mean God dis-carded it 
  • Man communicates God in the earth by virtue of being made in his image  
  • Righteousness - is about fairness – impartiality – graciousness – integrity – piety (reverence)
Verse 17 – Complete – (adequate) – faithful – doesn’t stumble – without guile (cunning/sly) - Equipped for every good task (fully prepared)

Women are found in these verses in relatively the same way:
  • She is trained in righteousness 
  • She too needs to have the breath of God breathed into her to live out God's word in any situation (single/married)
1 Peter 3:1-6
Picture of a Woman of God
The pattern we see developing from these verses speak directly to a woman submitted to God
  • The emphasis must be submission to God because of what she is being asked to do
  • Verse 1 – A Man un-submitted to the word – still deserves a wife who is
  • The word “Won” is important here – means to profit – used here as well (1 Corinthians 9:19) – used of salvation - the idea being a believing wife is the key to her family’s salvation
Verse 2-4 – This is where the character of God is important – her focus must not be external only
  • Her lifestyle speaks louder than her words - “cultural adornment” can be prideful and God hates pride (Isaiah 3:18-24…note Verse 24)
The emphasis for many women is external  
Verse 5-6 – Sarah is the model

Engage:
What picture comes to your mind with the phrase “Sarah obeyed him calling him Lord”?

Engage:
What do you think the term actually means and what is Peter trying to get across?

Philippians 2:3
Building a Man and Woman of God
Begins with the foundation – note the verse - their Ambitions like Christ's are grounded in a mind-set
  • Ambition – is a strong desire to achieve something 
  • He becomes difficult to be tempted -  because his desires are under management (powerful)
  • ”God cannot be tempted”  
Engage:
Why can’t God be tempted?

God gives His limits on indulgence 
  • The Man of God understands this well (John 15:7) - what he wants for himself is what God desires for him anyway 
  • All this is grounded in humility 
Jesus demonstrated the deepest sense of humility to God -  and so does the Man of God.
All the graces, virtues and attributes of God are rooted in the soil of humility
  • Humility is a decision rooted in an attitude – (Philippians 2:6-8)
Engage:
What does humility look like to you?
What is false humility?

  • Pride – has a Satanic origin – it’s a strong spiritual power that is used to deflate a life once embraced
The lack of Humility is the sufficient explanation of every defect and failure…Andrew Murray

1 Timothy 6: 9-11
Man of God and Resources
Note Verse 11 – Paul is speaking to the Man of God – you don’t make wealth a pursuit
  • The moment it becomes a pursuit you steer yourself away from the graces of righteousness – godliness – faith –love…these are Graces (this is the answer to wealth pursuit)
  • Paul said - Grace and Peace be multiplied to you – he understood the need for us to live in this Grace Awareness  
Grace defines your well - being not the accumulation of things in the earth 
Jesus became poor – that we might be made rich – rich in what – Grace
Connecting to the grace of God determines wealth 

1 Chronicles 29:16 – All Abundance belongs to God and Comes From God
David has the perspective of a Man of God - he understood he owned nothing
The real question is this - how much of God's wealth do we keep?

Engage:
What exactly do we learn from David’s perspective of money?