There is quite considerably a pioneering dynamic to the function of CVM Cymru. We are a compact ministry right here in Wales, and considerably of what wants to be carried out proper now is merely raising awareness of the require for men’s outreach ministry amongst nearby churches. Occasionally we discover ourselves falling into the trap of pondering that this is all about the subsequent meeting, the subsequent presentation, and even the subsequent occasion.
We absolutely do require all the above, immediately after all even with us males it is fundamentally about developing relationships, trust and operating collectively. But, reaching the males of our nation can under no circumstances be lowered to a numbers game—we will under no circumstances win the nation for Christ merely by possessing sufficient meetings with church leaders, or presenting a program to as a lot of Christian males as we can. I am also fairly certain that, as vital as curry is for our wellness, we can under no circumstances organise sufficient curry nights to propel us into national revival.
When I very first joined CVM, I was definitely struck by the following statistic: on typical it will take 5 years for a man to come to faith in Christ (from the very first time he hears about Jesus). In that 5-year period, he will require to encounter the Gospel at least thirty occasions and eighty % of males who go on this journey are introduced to it by a mate.
What struck me was that we had been statistically proving the validity of Matthew 28:19-20
‘Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey almost everything I have commanded you. And certainly, I am with you always, to the quite finish of the age.’
We win our mates for Jesus by hanging out with them, journeying with them, sharing Jesus anytime and wherever we can. This is all about connection. It is all about sacrificing our time to see our mates come to know our Captain, Brother, Rescuer & Buddy!
5 years normally feels like a extended time to me. What will I be saying if more than the subsequent 5 years I see my mates all steadily coming to faith, and major their mates along the very same journey? The truth is, we will usually reproduce in other folks only what we are ourselves. If we want to create a movement of males, across this nation, who are all committed to introducing their mates to Jesus—have a guess exactly where that movement will start out?
Who is the only individual who can start out that movement in your planet?
As I am writing this weblog, I have not too long ago been re-reading ‘The Code’ and this morning I tweeted the following (@WelshCVMbloke):
‘In following Jesus, we join a movement of optimism, hope & a sense of heaven on our shoulders. We are not moaners, sulkers, or cynics, for the reason that we know what we have been saved from. Our lives are characterized by a continual flow of grace toward other folks for the reason that of the grace we know’
If you have study ‘The Code’ you will recognise these words. My challenge to us all, and most importantly to myself, is this: do what ever it requires to rediscover the wonder of what Jesus has carried out for you. Reside for it with a passion that is relentlessly unquenchable, get involved with a nearby men’s outreach group (start out 1 if you have to) and let’s create a movement of males, across this nation, who are all committed to major their mates to Jesus.
Do not wait to do this, start out exactly where you are and let God’s grace flow from your life merely for the reason that you know what is like to get that grace very first-hand.