men’s weekend follow-up

CrossPoint experienced a God-ordained event last weekend.  It was our first-ever, Men’s Weekend Retreat, and it was awesome.

Where do I begin?

Allow me to reflect back to eight weeks ago.  Early last December a dozen or so men met to discuss the possibility of a weekend retreat.  We discussed five simple parameters:

  1. We would eat.
  2. We would fellowship.
  3. We would worship.
  4. I would preach.
  5. We would keep it simple.

We concluded the meeting by pledging to pray each day, and to wait on God.

Was this our idea or was this God’s?  Were we inviting God or was He inviting us to spend a weekend with Him?  We wanted to know if God was making the master plan or were we the master planners.  There is a difference, don’t you know?

The week between Christmas and New Year’s we made the decision.  We scheduled January 30 – 31 for the retreat, and we opened the registration.
The first weekend 30 men registered.  We were approaching 100 by the second weekend.  The number exceeded 250 the last day of registration.  Friday night more than 275 men gathered for something new.  It was an awesome sight, CrossPoint’s dining hall filled to capacity.

The food was over-the-top!  Friday evening we enjoyed Charlie’s Barbeque – ribs, chopped pork, French fries, baked beans, coleslaw, sweet tea and cookies.  Saturday morning we had it all.  We are not talking about a petite breakfast of pastries and muffins.  We are talking about the real deal – eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, biscuits, gravy, fruit, orange juice, and coffee.  Both meals were mouth-watering.

The fellowship was genuine.  Thirty small groups of men and boys met at the end of each session to discuss the Word of God.  They prayed, they laughed, they ministered, they cried and they shared the grace of Jesus Christ with one another.  It was special, very special.

The worship was…inexplicable.  It was transcendent.  No restraints.  No constraints.  We experienced unlimited praise.  B. Haskins and our praise band led us to glory in Christ and His cross.  It was inspirational.  It was Spirit-led.  It was awesome.  CrossPoint needs more worship just like that.

Saturday morning two men professed to be born again.  Several men were renewed and refreshed in their faith.  A guest asked me if we would help his church do something like this.  Another guest inquired about meeting with his pastor to explain this God-ordained event. The Spirit of the Holy One was present and it was evident.

What was the secret?  What made this inaugural retreat so special?  How did it happen?  What was the key?

God is the only explanation.  God did it!  God made it happen.  The Lord God Almighty decided to bless the men of CrossPoint by inviting them to participate in His movement.  There is no other way to explain something like what we encountered.

God’s fingerprints were all over the weekend.  He was in every detail.  Perhaps the greatest expression of God’s presence was seen in the way we ended Saturday morning.  We started the weekend standing in praise.  We concluded the weekend bowing in brokenness.  We ended in the appropriate position, on our knees before God Almighty.  God brought us together.  God led us in worship.  God spoke to us.  God broke us.  God humbled us.  We ended the weekend wanting more.

CrossPoint’s First Annual Men’s Weekend Retreat was a huge success because God birthed it.  God originated it.  God planted the seed.  God watered it.  God made it grow.  He put it together.  He led it.  He completed it.

Instead of the men of CrossPoint inviting God, God invited the men of CrossPoint to participate in the retreat.  He blessed us with His mercy by allowing us to share in something this special.  God decided to do this, and He gave us a small taste of His favor.

There is so much more I could say, I will stop and allow some of the other participants to comment.  Soli Deo Gloria…and let’s not forget, men – Coram Deo!


4 Responses to “men’s weekend follow-up”

  1. 1 Roxie
    February 4, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Ryan, No, I wasn’t a participant but I would want to comment on what you said. I love these statements and I quote, “God is the only explanation. God did it! God made it happen.” WOW!!If God does it, we should always give Him the glory. We need to remember this.

  2. 2 Searching
    February 4, 2009 at 11:21 am

    It breaks my heart that no one who attended accepted your challenge to blog their reaction!

    It sounds like it was a wonderful event! Something that is much needed in churches!!


    Soli Deo Gloria!

  3. 3 Ladd
    February 4, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Searching, we are all still speechless and in awe of His greatness. It was amazing to see that many men, some big strong tough guys, on their knees and humble by God

  4. February 4, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Searching, I agree with Ladd. Perhaps others will comment as soon as they read what was posted. We plan to post photos on Thursday.

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