The 2019 ENGAGE Men’s Conference
The 2019 ENGAGE Men’s Conference
We live in a time as Americans and Christians where the fabric of our society is changing rapidly and dramatically. Morality is no longer anchored to the fixed standard of Judeo-Christian teachings. In fact, Biblical morality is perceived to be immoral in many corners of our nation and the world.
The church is not immune to the sinful influences that affect the world. Mainline U.S. denominations have practically abandoned the truth of Scripture. Pornography, adultery, addiction, and homosexuality have permeated Christian homes at rates that are similar to those of the world .
Finally, Christians around the world are facing economic and physical persecution at alarmingly increasing rates. In our workplaces and our neighborhoods, we face the reality of living with people who are very different from us and, in some cases, may hate us.
What do we do? ENGAGE!
Scripture is full of men who lived in challenging times and situations that are far more perilous than ours. During the 2019 ENGAGE Men’s Conference we will look at men in Scripture for guidance on how we comprehensively engage our culture today with the love of Christ and power of God’s Word.
Friday, November 1
6:00 – 7:00 – Dinner and social
7:00 – 7:15 – Worship
7:15 – 8:15 –ENGAGE Topic 1: Engaging Scripture to Move A Nation – The Impact of One Man’s Response
8:15 – 8:45 – Topic discussion
8:45 – 9:30 – Dessert & Team Competition/Fellowship Time
Saturday, November 2
7:30 – 8:15 – Breakfast
8:15 – 8:30 – Break
8:30 – 8:45 – Worship
8:45 – 9:30 – ENGAGE Topic 2: Engaging Ourselves to Make A Commitment
9:30 – 10:15 – Topic Discussion
10:15 – 10:30 – Snacks
10:30 – 11:15 – ENGAGE Topic 3: Engaging Our Culture At Work
11:15 – 11:45 – Topic discussion
11:45 – 12:15 – Lunch served (eat during Topic 4)
12:15 – 1:15 – ENGAGE Topic 4: Engaging People Burdened By Sin Who Are Very Different From Us + Q&A
1:15 – 1:45 – ENGAGE Topic 5: Panel Discussion: Engaging People In Our Home & Other Questions
1:45 – 2:00 – Wrap Up
Engaging Scripture to Move a Nation: One Man’s Response
King Josiah Reclaims Judah for God, 2 Kings 22 & 23
Speaker: Clay Wilemon
Josiah was king during a time when Judah was going down. The nation was polluted by sin, infiltrated with false worship, and the judgment of God was coming. Josiah’s father was not godly and he was born into a polytheistic culture where the most heinous of deviancy was practiced in the name of worship. Then Josiah discovered the Word of God and he recognized that there were things in his life that needed to be elevated and a lot of things that needed to be torn down. His commitment to God and His Word made a major impact on his culture.
Engaging Ourselves to Make a Commitment
Elijah / Joshua, 1 Kings 18 and Joshua 24
Speaker: Pastor Tim Thetford
Elijah and Joshua both challenged people who supposedly followed God to make choices between following the true God or following false gods of this world. We have similar choices today. Will we follow God in all things…or will we choose to follow false gods that the world offers up as substitutes? Elijah asked if the people of Israel were going to continue “limping between two different opinions” or follow God. We have similar choices today.
Engaging Our Culture at Work: Working Heartily as for the Lord
Joseph & Daniel, Colossians 3 & Genesis 39, 40, and 41
Speaker: Tom Munson
Most men spend at least 2,000 hours each year in our workplace plus additional time working at home, in the church, and in our communities. The way we work – in our jobs, in our homes, in the church, and in the community – is an act of worship to the Lord and a witness to everyone around us. Joseph and Daniel provide excellent examples of men whose work transcended their temporal duties. Their work was focused on honoring God, powered by God, and a benefit to their pagan communities and employers. They are great examples of men working “heartily as for the Lord”.
Engaging People Burdened by Sin Who Are Very Different from Us
Jesus and the Samaritan Woman, John 4
Speaker: Kaheem Husser, M.Div. (see bio below)
The woman at the well was a Samaritan, a people group at enmity with the Jews. She was also a serial adulterer and living in open, sinful rebellion to God’s Law and in the fringes of her own culture. Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi, approached her anyway, shared the truth of Scripture with her, and offered her the ONE thing that she needed most of all. That simple offer changed her life for eternity and made an impact on her sub-culture. Jesus provided a great model for engaging people who are very different from us and, even though they may put on a façade of self-satisfaction, need the Gospel.
Kahem Husser graduated summa cum laude with his Master of Divinity (ministry focus: preaching/teaching) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2013. He is joyfully married to his wife, Zehavi, a professor at Biola University. Kahem’s vision is to serve Christ and His church by facilitating multiethnic/cultural engagement via the gifts of preaching, evangelism and leadership. Kahem has participated in multiethnic/cultural engagement everywhere he has lived, including 3 countries (U.S.A., U.K. & Italy) and 5 states (South Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Illinois & California). His passion is to see the gospel preached & practiced in multiethnic/cultural, Christ-centered contexts.