St Francis Anglican Church Waterkloof
It is widely regarded that people love sport because, among other reasons, it appeals to three basic human needs: the need to belong, the need to compete and the desire to win. Even the act of watching a sport is able to stimulate these three needs in us as individuals – we may watch a game with friends who oppose or support our team and we naturally hold that a win by our team over a rival is equally a win by ourselves over our opposing friends - all in the spirit of good fun.
Sport’s influence is evident in how we treat sports stars. No one can dispute the fact that we might have a riot at men’s breakfast if we were playing host to Tiger Woods or Ernie Els or Christiano Ronaldo. On such a day, everyone would want to be a part of our men’s breakfast – both young and old - and we might even make the evening news or CNN. Such is the power of the need to belong and an association with one of the above sports stars would definitely appease those among us who feel greater numbers are an indication of success.
The need to compete manifests itself in various forms. At the core, this need to compete comes from the joy we derive from solving a challenging situation. When we point out problems at men’s breakfast, there is a greater realisation that solving these problems will lead to greater enjoyment of our time spent together which in turn will help us grow in our relationship with Christ and each other to filter down to the healing of our pasts hurts in our own hearts, families, the church, our communities and our Nations as well.
As brothers in Christ, we recognise that we belong to Christ’s body and are responding to the challenges we face as a group – from family dynamics to race relations in our country. Trying to get men involved in church and the community as well as bridging the generational divide are challenges we recognise and are standing up to. How then do we prevent frustration at the slow pace of evident progress from eroding the gains that the men’s breakfast has achieved so far? How do we even define the wins so that everyone can see the score board and immediately know where we are in the game?
Defining a win for a Christian group can be a challenging thing especially because God looks at the heart. But if salvation is an inward transformation, then Jesus’s words in Mathew 7:16 can offer a guide in defining a win for men’s breakfast:
“By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?”
(NIV). Our job at men’s breakfast is to help men reconcile their salvation to every area of life. A win at men’s breakfast therefore is: 1) a brother sharing a personal struggle as we heard at our last meeting; and 2) we as brothers in Christ responding to solve the challenge through prayer, teaching and walking with our brother outside of our Saturday breakfast.
As the Sunday sermon on 10 April, 2016 pointed out, Paul had to overcome a past of great darkness to follow Christ. What is past cannot compare to the riches God has for us and it is up to us at men’s breakfast to create an environment that will facilitate a healing that will filter down to our homes, church, community and our nation so that men can forge ahead and embrace the riches God has in store for us.
Designing a vision from diverse perspectives
Littleton will set us on path to embrace the wealth God has placed in us so that we can create an organization of men well placed to serve him in our generations.
Living my faith at work:Owen will share the value he has derived from men’s breakfast and how his own faith is an example of God working through people in the work place.
Human capital development – The Christian Perspective: As an HR executive with experience at various global brands, Tando will share a Christian perspective to human resource development and offer insights into bridging the generational divide