As an exclamation point to our series, Manhood 101, I want to list out what I think are the 12 Marks of healthy and true manhood. As men, the application of these 12 Marks are critical to our understanding and pursuit of what it means to be a biblical man.
ONE: A biblical man should know, teach, share, and be equipped to defend the gospel as a mark of his understanding of the Christian faith once for all delivered to the saints, love for the local church, and desire for evangelism.
TWO: A biblical man should be clothed with redemptive courage as a mark of posture for all of life.
THREE: A biblical man should be equipped for, pursue, and champion marriage as a mark of his most important pursuit, while also recognizing that not every man is called to pursue it as a potential mark of singlehood.
FOUR: A biblical man should be a servant leader as a mark of his submission to God and humility in leading others.
FIVE: A biblical man should work hard to provide for his family as a mark of his understanding and pursuit of hard work, even by the sweat of his brow.
SIX: A biblical man should be mindful of those he should protect—namely children, women, his family, and those in his care—as a mark of a willingness to display redemptive courage and put himself in harm’s way for others.
SEVEN: A biblical man should make good and quick decisions for the benefit of others as a mark of his servant leadership, provision, and protection of those in his care.
EIGHT: A biblical man should redeem his time and use it intentionally as a mark of prioritizing what’s important in his life, while also giving him ample time for devotions, continued learning, and exercise.
NINE: A biblical man should steward his resources well as mark of a mature understanding of his time, talents, and treasures.
TEN: A biblical man should be drenched with sexual holiness as a mark of his constant pursuit of purity in Christ and commitment to be a one-woman-man.
ELEVEN: A biblical man should pursue healthy, gospel-centered, and community-driven friendships as a mark of growth, accountability, and understanding of the benefits of redemptive community.
TWELVE: A biblical man should should pursue rest as a mark of his feeble humanity.
ABOUT GREG: Greg serves as an elder and family ministries pastor at Foothills Church and as the lead editor of Manual for CBMW. He and his lovely wife, Grace, live in Knoxville, TN with their 2 children–Cora and Iver. He is also the author of Reformational Manhood.