On the 15th of April we officially launched our brand new ‘City Men Breakfast Drop In’, we have run Mens breakfasts before under the name ‘Men@B1’ but this was the start of something new as we had had a new series and just overall a new feel to our times together. To celebrate this change we dived headfirst into the CVM’s Code. The Code is is a national movement, a rule of life for men that helps them to stay gripped and focussed on living a full on, uncompromised Jesus centred life, in the company with others.
First off we had breakfast which was provided brilliantly by our very own Kim Yeomans, with a choice of scrambled egg or bacon butties! We used this time to get to know each other as a group; talking to people we hadn’t seen for a long time or men we had never met. Overall it was a great time together! After breakfast and socialising we decided to look at the 1st code titled ‘Jesus is my Captain, Brother, Rescuer and Friend’.
The first Code looks at the passage Matthew 4:18 – 22:
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers; Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
After the reading we as a group together discussed the following questions;
1) What does it mean to you to make Jesus the Captain in your life?
2) Are you living a life of adventure, challenge and purpose? If you are, what does that look like?
3) Jesus’ call to Simon-Peter and Andrew required more than just words in response, they had to follow. What things in your life are holding you back from following Jesus?
The discussion focused in on our own lives as individuals and we talked about where we see these things in our lives, if at all. We came to a conclusion that being in a working environment it is hard to see if we are living a life of adventure, challenge and purpose and that a lot of the time Jesus isn’t the captain of our lives. We discussed being held back by other commitments such as work and families and that it’s hard to share the Gospel in our working environments.
We were then encouraged to take the first Code away with us as each Code has four studies as we had only done the first together. We were encouraged to meet with somebody else to talk through one or more of the remaining bible studies of Code 1 and feedback our thoughts the next month.
If you want to come to the next City Men breakfast then please let us know, and turn up from 7am on May 20th. Don’t worry if you haven’t been before or cannot make the whole thing, it’s a drop in so you can come and go as you please to suit work commitments. Here is some feedback from the first one.
“It was a pleasure to join the City Men’s Breakfast this morning. Thanks for all you and the team did to prepare it. I really appreciated the time together and there was a good balance of time of fellowship and bible study. I obviously wasn’t there for much of the study to pass comment but it was great to have both parts. It was good too to get to know the men that we will journey together with.” – Tim