As the men of Nor’wood, we desire to be U.S.E.D. by God for His glory.
U – United
We need to be united as Christian men to have the maximum impact for God in our families, our church and our community.
- Hebrews 10:24-25 – “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
- Proverbs 27:17 – “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
- Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12 –”Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
S – Spirit-filled
We want to be open, sensitive to and experience the work and filling of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s presence creates a hunger for holiness and a desire for Christ likeness that we do not naturally possess.
- Acts 9:31 – “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.”
- Romans 15:13 – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
- 2 Timothy 1:14 –”By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.”
- Titus 3:4-7 – “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
E – Educated
Too often men have worked for and prepared a vision for their finances, recreation, and vocation, but have not studied and prepared a vision for their walk with God, family, and ministry. We want to be studied and ready.
- 1 Peter 3:15-17 – “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
- 2 Timothy 2: 15 – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
- 2 Timothy 4:2-5 – “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”
- Ephesians 3:19 –”and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”
D – Disciplined
We want to be committed to, guided and corrected by the Spiritual disciplines that will make us the men that God desires us to be for the advancement of His kingdom on this Earth.
- Leviticus 26:23-24 – “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, 24 then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins.”
- Proverbs 5:11-13 – “and at the end of your life you groan, when your flesh and body are consumed, 12 and you say, “How I hated discipline, and my heart despised reproof! 13 I did not listen to the voice of my teachers or incline my ear to my instructors.”
- Proverbs 12:1 – ” Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.”
- Titus 1:8-9 – “but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
- 1 Timothy 4:7 – “Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”