I’m on a mission. I’m searching for one hundred godly men.
John Wesley once wrote in a letter…
“Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen, such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven upon earth.” From a letter by John Wesley to Alexander Mather in 1777
For Wesley, “preachers” didn’t have to be what we call professionals. Instead, the proclamation of the Gospel and witness of and for God’s Kingdom was to be done by every person who follows Christ. My own understanding of the biblical witness that undergirds Wesley’s quote inspires and provokes in me a strong desire to see one hundred godly men in my community fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God. I truly believe that if such a faithful fellowship of one hundred brothers in Christ could be cultivated and encouraged, they could and would transform our little corner of the world for Christ.
Is this too grand a vision? Thomas Chalmers once said, “No matter how large, your vision is too small.” In other words, nothing is impossible for God and therefore, we must dream big. I believe this vision for 100 godly men is well within reach for a sovereign and gracious God. Of course, my desire is not only for my community. Instead, my prayer is that bands of 100 godly men will spring up in countless “little corners of the world.”
This is obviously not a call to nominal Christianity. It isn’t a call to cultural Christianity. It is a call to what John Wesley described as Scriptural Christianity (and what I mean by Kingdom Discipleship). This is no call to halfhearted and mere intellectual belief in Jesus. It’s the terrifying and exhilarating call of discipleship that our Lord warned must first be responded to by counting the cost of following him daily. Following him in such a way does not produce a privatized or compartmentalized faith. It’s a faith that is passed from one person to another… from one generation to the next… a faith that is to be extended into every sphere of a person’s life… in homes, workplaces, communities, cities, and the world.
I once heard pastor and writer, Tony Evans, preach…
This, I believe, is nothing less than Scriptural Christianity… than Kingdom Discipleship.
Our world is in great need of such men of God, for they are truly, in our day and age, the real counterculture and one of God’s primary provisions for a lost and hurting world. Such men are ambassadors of the King of kings, and therefore, minister and bear witness to the kingdom of this world under his authority and according to his agenda. They have no message but his. And not only are they called to proclaim this message, but they must also live it out before a watching world. The motivation of their mission is love for their Lord and love for their neighbor.
My mission to find such men is part of God’s call in my life. Through Bible studies, small groups, one-to-one discipling, mentoring, spiritual direction, counseling, and writing, I am prayerfully working to help available and willing men become who God has created, redeemed, and called them to be.
The purpose of this blog is to help men explore what it means to live as a godly man in every sphere of life… and to add them to the roll of one hundred godly men… hoping that they too will begin looking for their own group of 100 Godly Men.
Grace and Truth,