Act Like Men

Men’s Leadership Podcast

#53: The Watchman – Standing In The Gap for Biblical Manhood

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March 7, 2024

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In the book The Watchman by Dr. Jim Grassi, he reminds his readers of the words of the Apostle Paul that men today are not in an ordinary battle. We are not fighting against people. It is not a flesh and blood struggle. We are engaging in warfare with the devil himself and we desperately need this reminder, or we are doomed. We must not try to enter the fight on our own.

In biblical times, the watchmen were positioned at specific points in the security perimeter of a city and were instructed to sound the alarm if an enemy approached. Then they were to provide the first line of defense and protection against that enemy. For the best protection, these watchmen had to be trained, disciplined, and prepared to fight. These men also had to accept the responsibility for being the crucial, first line of defense. In the book, The Watchman, Dr. Grassi laid out what that training for a modern-day watchman might look like.

Dr. Grassi wrote that the true watchman is a man who exhibits authentic manhood and not some sissified, emasculated, or passive version like our modern-day culture often promotes and expects of men. There were not a lot of rules to follow to be a “watchman”. Fortunately, Jesus made it simple because too many rules often pushes us to find loopholes. Remember Jesus response to a question in Matthew 22? A religious man asked Jesus what the is greatest commandment and Jesus is simply replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

To be a watchman today we need to dwell on the main thing. If you remember, the main thing for the main thing is to remember the main thing. Love God and love others as yourself. The chapter goes on to connect love and faith by saying that each needs an expression, or an outlet to truly be genuine. Love is not passive or merely a warm and fuzzy emotion. In fact love demands action and more specifically it even drives our actions. So when we love God and love others, that becomes our motivation for taking a stand for things that are true, noble, right, pure, and admirable. When a man loves God first, he begins to fulfill his purpose. He is faithful to God and to his wife and family.

Using Christ as his model, today’s watchman understands the words of the Apostle Paul when he uses the imagery of battle, telling us to put on the full armor of God, and stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around our waist, and with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. But do not forget to take up the shield of faith to protect us from all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And finally to take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. These are our tools as watchmen who will stand in the gap for biblical manhood, Ephesians 6.

We need to be aware , that the bible is clear that the days ahead on this earth will present more challenges, not less. If men are trained, disciplined, and prepared to engage the enemy today, we will be truly fighting the good fight.

Where do we go from here? Here are questions to ask yourself:

  1. How do you see your role as a watchman for your family, community, and church?
  2. What other men do you know or look up to as watchmen, who exemplify biblical manhood?
  3. Of the spiritual weapons listed in Ephesians 6:10–18, where do you see yourself lacking and what steps are you ready to take to respond to this need?

Men — we are called to be the Watchman and Stand in the Gap for Biblical Manhood. Are you ready for the challenge?

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About Wendell Morton

Rev. Morton graduated from Western Evangelical Seminary with a BA in Religious Education and a Master of Counseling Psychology, Rev. Morton was in full-time ministry for 17 years with both small and large churches. He spent four of those ministry years with Promise Keepers. He was the the US representative to PK Canada – serving on the PK Canada Board.

Wendell also spent 23 years in Corporate America. He built and led sales teams that worked with very small businesses and other groups that worked with Fortune 500 companies. He is gifted at helping identifying the next generation of leaders as well as helping those around him being successful.

Rev. Morton has a passion to help pastors and church leaders build growing churches. Having men come alongside the vision of the pastor, build a dynamic team, create a plan, and execute the model of “each one brings one” has been proven effective for more than 2,000 years. This approach is a great way for every local church in North America to grow while helping men better understand biblical manhood.

About Dale Eudy

As an advocate for ministry to men, Dale Eudy brings a combined background of leadership skills developed in the marketplace along with senior leadership experience in the Church.

Following military service, Dale earned his undergraduate degree and gained valuable systems and operations experience working for two prominent Fortune 50 companies. Responding to God’s leading in his life to focus on leaders in the body of Christ, he went on to complete seminary and served as a pastor for 16 years in a large church in the Denver area and as a denominational leader at the regional and national levels. With his background, Dale knows the heartbeat of the local church.

Dale’s passion is the discipleship (spiritual reproduction) of men. That passion is what drew him to partner with Men’s Ministry Catalyst. In his words, “The simple call of Jesus to follow him and to make fishers of men is the most foundational call in my life.” Using his spiritual gifts of leadership and exhortation, Dale is a great coach and cheerleader for those involved in the arenas of life.

Dale and his wife Kathy live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado and serve their home church, Cherry Hills Community Church. They have two grown children and a caring extended family.