Cornelius, the first Gentile convert to Christianity, was a very strong man. A man’s man. Many scholars believe Cornelius was the same Centurion who first approached Jesus on behalf of a dying servant.
At that encounter, Jesus agreed to go to the Gentile’s home to personally minister healing to the servant. You may recall that the Centurion acknowledged the imposition of his request for Jesus to enter his home. Although Jesus was willing to do so, the act would have broken a tradition that forbid Jews from entering the house of a Gentile.
In light of this long-standing tradition, God orchestrated a series of events that involved an angelic visit to Cornelius and a spiritual vision to Peter. After Peter was convinced by the divine vision that he was not to call anything impure that God had made clean, he received an invitation from Cornelius to visit his home.
Cornelius prepared by inviting his relatives and close friends to hear the message of Peter. The result was amazing – Cornelius and all of his guests were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit, evidenced by the supernatural experience of speaking in unknown languages. This evidence proved to Peter and his Jewish companions that the Gentiles were indeed accepted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Did you get that? The Gentile church was started by first reaching a strong man!
A recent Christian Science Monitor article reported that one of the key components that marked a growing congregation was that men made up more than 60 percent of the attendees.
The greatest evangelistic effort of any church should be by focusing on men, because men give the greatest return on investment of our time, energy and evangelistic dollars. Not only is it the Biblical model but also statistics overwhelmingly support this claim.
David Murrow points out in his book, Why Men Hate Going to Church, that, “when a mother comes to faith in Christ, the rest of her family follows 17 percent of the time. But when a father comes to faith in Christ, the rest of the family follows 93 percent of the time.”
More than 90 percent of American men believe in God, and five out of six call themselves Christians. But only two out of six attend church on a given Sunday. The average man accepts the reality of Jesus Christ, but fails to see any value in going to church.
The problem is that the Church has built its ministry strategy to men as simply another program filled with Bible studies, feminine-style communication, and love songs to Jesus. That will not work!
Why? Because men do not follow programs. Men follow men!
FivestarMan is not a program, nor is it a ministry. FivestarMan is a movement – a movement to resurrect authentic manhood.
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