The Importance of our People Spotlight Series
Hope Academy believes that the Gospel informs the shepherding of the hearts that the Lord has entrusted to our care. We strive to give our students a Biblical understanding of God’s purpose for their life in all areas of our instruction. Our goal is to equip our students to be the type of men and women that Lord calls them to be in Scripture.
Representation matters to everyone, but it carries significant weight to minorities, who are under-represented in the culture today. The value of a black child seeing a person that shares their skin color in a positive light, whether on the screen or in a book, is invaluable. Dreams are then realized. Goals are set. The future looks brighter.
Dr. Eric Mason is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He has a passion for bringing the joy of the Gospel of Jesus to urban areas by planting churches and training local leaders.
It is difficult to pinpoint one area that Dr. Mason has impacted most. He has invested much in the urban setting in areas such as education, health, behavior sciences, law and criminal justice, etc. One of the subjects closest to his heart is a restoration of manhood in the Black community. This passion has lead him to write a book on the subject titled Manhood Restored: How the Gospel Makes Men Whole. He also holds seminars through Epiphany’s ministry training on the subject of manhood.
He states, “Jesus Christ came to reestablish and reaffirm Biblical manhood that had died and so that’s why men are broken and God hasn’t called us to be childish men. He’s called us to be manly men and therefore in our culture we have to allow the Scriptures to influence that.” In the following video you will hear Dr. Mason express God’s heart for the restoration of men.
He continues, “We need this sense, this urgency that the men around us and our sons need to be discipled and poured into and challenged beyond childhood to adulthood.”
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