Man Up is a Christian podcast. Because of that, we follow the traditional, evangelical beliefs. These include:
God is the creator of the world. He has chosen to reveal himself to the world in the person of Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.
The Bible is God’s revelation to mankind. The Old Testament, often referred to as the Hebrew scripture, tells about God’s work of creation, his establishment of a covenant with the Jewish people, and prophesies about the coming Messiah who would finalize God’s covenant with Israel and all people. The New Testament is the testimony of Jesus Christ, and describes his life, death, and resurrection. It also tells us about the birth of the Church, provides context for Christian life, and exposits on Jesus’ saving work.
Jesus Christ was a real person who existed in the early first century in the area known as the Holy Land. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life and taught a group of disciples for a period of three years. He was sentenced to death and was crucified. He was buried and a guard was placed on his tomb. Three days later he rose in a physical body and spent forty days teaching his disciples. He ascended into heaven and will return again to earth as the judge of the world.
The Holy Spirit is God’s Spirit that indwells each believer. He is present to encourage, instruct and convict believers. He is the third revelation of God, often referred to as the third revelation of the Trinity.
The Trinity represents one God in three different forms, or expressions. God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son of God and the Holy Spirit.
Mankind was created in the image of God. Because of the fall, mankind has a sinful nature that keeps him separated from God. That separation from God led to Jesus Christ’s death to redeem mankind and accepting Christ’s atoning work on the cross that was validated by the resurrection is the only path to a relationship with God.
The Church was established to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection. The Church has been called to service before God and to spread the Good News and to care for our fellow human beings.
In addition, Man Up believes the following items apply to men and form the basis of our Podcast.
Faith is a muscle that must be exercised. Faith is exercised by what are commonly referred to as the classical spiritual disciplines. These include:
The Lead Dog needs to be fed. All men are called to be leaders in their circle of influence. Because of this we are called to study and prepare to lead. However, men should get together with other Christian men for encouragement and study.
“Iron sharpens Iron” - Proverbs 27:17. It Is a man’s duty to continually try to improve himself in all ways--physically, mentally, intellectually, and spiritually. To do this a man should surround himself with Christian men who will challenge how he thinks and what he believes.
No Church Answers. There are plenty of places where men can find standard “church answers” for difficult questions. Man Up exists to challenge those hard questions. We should not be afraid to be like great figures in the Bible who ask “Why, God?” Asking those questions, and the search for those answers through scripture, prayer, study and discussion is what makes our faith grow.
Spoke in the wheel. Each man is part of God’s story. We were created to be part of God’s plan for the world. We don’t always know which spoke in the we are, but we do know we should be moving the Kingdom forward. Therefore, we should follow God’s instructions to serve others in Christ’s love and share the Good news of redemption through Jesus Christ.