There are pivotal moments in history when the trajectory of marriages, families, businesses, movements, and nations could go one way or another, producing very different outcomes. This is such a moment for the church in America.
The need of our generation is the same as every other: a disciplined army of credible men who know, practice, and invest seven things in the next generation. This book is designed to help men get started in this most important adventure of their lives.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Brothers, Stand Firm
1. Are We Losing This Generation?
2. Where at the Men?
3. A Credible Man
The 1st Thing: How to Glorify God – The Purpose
4. Eighteen Years is Shorter Than You Think
5. The Mission of a Christian Man
The 2nd Thing: How to Listen to God – The Bible
6. A Big, Strange, Wonderful, Difficult Book
7. Listening to the Texting God
8. Sharpening Your Listening Skills
The 3rd Thing: How to Think About God – The Creed
9. Do We Still Need the Creed?
10. I Believe
11. The Logic of God
The 4th Thing: How to Please God – The Law
12. Diets, Days, Dress, and Despair
13. The Big Ten
14. An Abuser’s Guide to the Law
15. From Despair to Delight
The 5th Thing: How to Be Reconciled to God – The Gospel
16. Why Jesus Came
17. What is the Gospel
18. Ad Fontes!
19. The Great Exchange
The 6th Thing: How to Talk to God – The Prayer
20. Every Man Needs A Father
21. Three Things God Seeks
22. Three Things Men Worry About
The 7th Thing: How to Serve God – The Church
23. The Fallacy of Churchless Christianity
24. Why the Church is Full of Hypocrites
Conclusion: The Courage of this Generation
Steve Bateman has studied at Columbia International University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Reformed Theological Seminary. He is the author of Which 'Real' Jesus?: Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, and the Early American Roots of the Current Debate (Wipf & Stock, 2008). He is the Senior Pastor of First Bible Church, a multi-site church meeting in Decatur and Madison, AL.
"Young people are leaving the church in droves. Now, more than ever, the church needs men--husbands and fathers--marked by competence, character and compassion. This book is a welcome and refreshing roadmap for every man who wants to make a difference in a young person's world but does not know where to start." -- Josh McDowell, Christian Apologist and Author
"Steve Bateman has written a book for men, but it's really a book for anybody who wants to follow Jesus. Steve has clearly and winsomely addressed the key issues that affect our intimacy with Christ and our usefulness in the world. I'm going to ask our whole church to read it." -- Sandy Wilson, Senior Pastor, Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis and Council Member of The Gospel Coalition
"This is a book about what men should know, but I urge women to read it so you can be a strong and steady support to the men in your home and church as they seek to stand firm for the gospel in a crumbling culture." -- Susan Hunt, Author, Speaker, former Director of Women's Ministries for the Presbyterian Church in America
"This is a book for the thinking man who wants to make an impact on the next generation. It will challenge you to evaluate what you believe and why you believe it. It caused me to examine what I was imparting to the next generation. It will do the same for you!" -- Phil Waldrep, Southern Baptist Minister, Founder of Gridiron Men's Conference