Joseph - A real man of God
18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah[i] took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:23 “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,”which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[j] and he named him Jesus.
God involved Joseph in his great work of bringing the promised Saviour to birth. Though not technically Jesus' father God nevertheless he had use of Joseph. God likewise wishes to use men within his good purposes today;
Within the family - men can feel alienated - where doews the changing role of men leave them?
Within the church - with a female dominated church what can be done to encourage men?
In the world - Men need to be involved in Christian mission, what inspires men?
The sermon explored ways in which Joseph can be a role model for REAL men of God, despite some of the obstacles which men face (particularly regards to church!). Mention was given to the book "Why men hate going to church?" by David Murrow asking do we need to change the church to be more men friendly?
Above all - the Gospel shows us that today we still need real men of God.