Biblical Manhood [Part 1]

Date: February 2, 2014
Study: In His Image: Biblical Manhood, Womanhood, and Relationships
Teacher: Kameron Slater

Who are cultural icons of manhood over the last 20-50 years? Why do we view them as more manly than others?

Masculinity in the Bible

  • Building blocks of manhood (Genesis 2:15-24)
    • Creation order: man was created first and then woman was created after him
    • Leadership: man was tasked with protecting and providing for the woman
    • Responsibility: man was called to care for all of creation, including the woman
  • Effects of the Fall (Genesis 3:8-9, 16-19)
    • Role reversal: distortion of man and woman’s roles lead to sin and the curse
    • Man’s responsibility: because of the Fall, there are difficulties associated with caring for creation and protecting and providing for women and children
  • Male Leadership (Luke 22:24-30)
    • Servant leadership: instead of leading out of self-interest or over-aggressive power, men should lead with the best interests of others in mind. Jesus reverses the world’s hierarchy of power by saying leaders put their followers’s needs over their own.
  • Benefits of Leadership (1 Timothy 5:2-4)
    • To lead is to serve
    • Christian men leading in the context of Christianity:
      • Protect women
      • Provide for women
      • Fellowship with sisters in Christ
  • The Mystery of Marriage (Ephesians 5:25-30; 1 Peter 3:7)
    • In the context of exclusive heterosexual marriage, man and woman image forth the gospel in the way their male and female roles interact

Definition of Biblical Masculinity: The essence of Biblical masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man’s differing relationships. (John Piper- Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood


  • Compare and contrast your idea of what manhood is with John Piper’s definition of biblical masculinity
  • As a man, is there any sin that you must repent of that is keeping you from being a Biblical man? As a woman, how are you encouraging or discouraging men around you from fulfilling their masculine role?
  • Read through the book of Ephesians this week:
    • Monday- Ephesians 1
    • Tuesday- Ephesians 2
    • Wednesday- Ephesians 3
    • Thursday- Ephesians 4
    • Friday- Ephesians 5
    • Saturday- Ephesians 6


Have questions?
Contact Lawson ( or
Kameron and Anne (

**Lesson adapted from Lesson 2 of Capitol Hill Baptist Church’s “Biblical Manhood and Womanhood” Core Seminar**


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