Where does man fit into the big picture? Many of us lack understanding of who we are and what purpose we serve. What I learned in my Tuesday night class “Manhood,” taught by Pastor James Young, is that it boils down to a matter of God’s Kingdom vs. Religion. The fall of man left a vacuum; an emptiness left in man as a result of his separation from God. Religion is man’s response to the vacuum. In other words, religion is man trying to find reason, purpose, and the significance of our purpose.
People everywhere are the same, looking for the same answers to the same questions, Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going? God has a plan and it was revealed when His son Jesus Christ began His ministry saying, “The Kingdom of God is at hand, repent, and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:14-15). So God has called man to be His family and have dominion over the earth, as was originally in motion (Gen 1:26-28). All in all, the Gospel of the Kingdom answers the most sought questions of mankind:
- Who am I? A being created in the image and likeness of God.
- Where did I come from? Created created and made me.
- Why am I here? To love God and my neighbor and to reign on earth.
- Where am I going? It depends on the choices that I make.
- Can I beat death, and if so, how? I don’t have to. Jesus has already defeated death for me.
I am grateful to be a part of a great class such as Praise & Worship every Tuesday night at the Multipurpose Building. Being able to witness awesome music videos by strong Christian artists and praising the good Lord’s name, is such a joyful experience. The volunteer, Buddy Lewis, is a humble man of God. I first met Buddy at the previous Kairos Weekend Retreat, #14. He is so easy to talk to that I am able to open up to him almost instantly. All he really desires is that we clear our minds and open our hearts to worship the Lord and meditate on some powerful music. I recommend this class to all Xtreme SOULutions members. Thank you.
I became a teacher’s aid for a well known and recommended class called Life Mapping. We have over 40 students signed up and it became the largest Xtreme SOULutions class. There is no better teacher for it than Bruce Seaman: he handles this large class with grace and comes out of the blistering cold for us. I like his class for several reasons, one of those being that he gives us inspiring quotes and plays us short motivational speeches called “Ted Talks.” Mr. Seaman gives us respect and encouragement to help us choose a path in life. I would like to thank him for taking time out of his day to give us love and support.
My class, Christian Life, with instructor Mike D’Alonzo is remarkable. The whole class is on the edge of their seats as Mike brings the word to life. His class on works without grace had a profound influence upon me as it encouraged me for the future ahead. Thank you Mike D for sharing the word with the brothers, who, without it would be silent in the spirit. It takes courage to have 28 men riveted to their seats, and that’s what Mike has done.