Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Mark Of A Man Of God, Steve Camp/Bonhoeffer

Today's music is about great men of God, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer can be counted among them. He is one of my heroes. He worked tirelessly to rouse the dead and dying church in Germany, and finally went abroad to America to raise the alarm, and hopefully, find a believing community.You will be swept away by the timeliness of Eric Metaxas' book Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. It reveals the courage, wisdom, and selflessness of this man of God as well as his courtship. He warned the world then, and he is warning us again through his life's work. Let us take heed in light of where we are as a lethargic church and morally bankrupt nation today!

Hitler leaving the Marine Church in Wilhelmshaven, 1931. It was a picture widely used in Nazi propaganda. Many in the church who had supported the church's embrace of Nazism realized too late that the Nazi support of morality and Christianity was a very thin facade indeed.

Singer/songwriter Steve Camp's
The Mark Of A Man Of God is complimented with photos of the great heroes of the church. It describes exactly how Bonhoeffer lived his short life.We need fathers, husbands, and sons to "brace up like a man." Job 40:7 (see Job Suite by Michael Card/Dec 2010). I especially love the words of the TAG at the end of the lyrics!

A godly man is such a rarity today So many start, strong and true, and quickly fall away - A godly man will take his stand he can't be bought or sold - Hand to the plow, he won't look back though other hearts turn cold - He keeps the faith and keeps his conscience clear He lives this life of grace through all his years


The mark of a man of God is what he's faithful to,
and what he's fleeing from and what he's fighting for -
the heart of a man of God is what he daily pursues,
his family, friends, the Word, the church and worship of the Lord -
The godly man daily takes up the cross of Christ
and faithfully follows Him as a living sacrifice.

He’s not ashamed of the gospel, his sufficiency's in Christ
The power of integrity is the passion of his life

Instead of reckless faith, he has proven that his faith works

The ultimate priority, the Master's plan for the church

Saved without a doubt because his first love is the Lord
And the gospel according to Jesus is the truth he would die for


He lives his life to teach the Word, in season and in not
For he fears more than any man, the approval of his God

He lovingly, yet firmly leads those placed within his care

The power of his ministry is that he is a man of prayer


The godly man takes a young Timothy like me and teaches me to run the race to carry on this life of grace He sets the mark and we keep the pace with this man of God.

Supporting Scriptures:
"The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away." Matthew 13:20-21

"Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
Luke 9: 62

"Anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." Matthew 10: 38-39

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." Romans 1:16

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service." Romans 12:1

"Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." 2 Timothy 4:2

"Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body." 1 Corinthians 6:18

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