Are there 100 disciples out there to create change?

While preaching and teaching in England a week or so ago I found some time to visit the grave of John Bunyan the author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. His timeless classic is a must read for all believers who seriously want to take up the challenge to move on from mere church membership to discipleship.

Bunyan was converted from a life of public debauchery in 1648 and joined the Baptist Church of Christ in Bedford, England in 1653. He began preaching in 1655. Five years later he was imprisoned for 12 years for failing to desist from public preaching as decreed by Charles the Second, King of England. John Bunyan died in 1688.

Nearby the graveyard where John Bunyan is buried is the church building where John and Charles Wesley preached nearly two hundred years ago. John Wesley wrote the following words, which have remained with me ever since I first read them 42 years ago, “Give me a hundred men who love God with all their hearts, and fear nothing but sin, and I will move the world”. Despite being shunned by the religious establishment of their day, the Wesley brothers preached in the fields and revival followed in their corner of the world.

Today’s world needs to be moved; so where are committed disciples like Bunyan and the Wesleys? Where are men and women, who want to love God with all their hearts? Where are the men and women who want to stand against sin in their own lives and in the lives of those about them, and say to the world – enough is enough, regardless of the cost? Where are the men and women whose life’s agenda is God’s and not their own? Surely there must be a hundred out there in the world?

I am of the persuasion that “God’s hundred”, if I may take the liberty to call them that, could indeed move the world if they existed. I am sure they do, but are they aware of each other? If such lack of identification is the case, I would like to see that change. I would like to see the 100s become aware of each other town by town, city by city and nation by nation in order that they link up and live out what they already are in God’s eyes – the most powerful influence in the world, Ephesians 1:15-23.

For a long time now I have been pregnant with this vision of God’s hundreds changing their nations and after my recent time in the UK I have been disturbed in my spirit with the urgency to do something about it. For a long time now I have had thoughts on how to birth the vision and I would like to correspond with anyone who would like to discuss it’s becoming a reality with me.

Those who would like to correspond with me about it need to realize that such a challenge to move the world calls primarily for radical changes with regard to yesterday’s religious traditions and today’s contemporary, worship orientated, doing church environment where entertainment is paramount and teaching of God’s word insignificant. Such a challenge to move the world, town by town, city by city and nation by nation, calls for a life laid at the throne of Christ emblazoned with the words of Isaiah 6:8, “Here am I! Send me.”

The challenge we face is to realize that God hasn’t called us to focus on the art of creating the most appealing worship service in town but rather, He’s called us into His kingdom and the war between it and Satan for men’s souls, (Matthew 12:24-30; 1Tim 1:18; 2Tim 2:4) And yet, despite this urgent call to spiritual warfare, we are not training up kingdom warriors who are acquainted with God’s armor or the sword of the Spirit – we’re training up frolickers to play before the golden calf of contemporary or traditional church. Sadly, we have replaced the invincible kingdom of God with today’s contemporary gatherings or yesterday’s traditional religion, both of which originated with men! Surely it is time to begin acting like the invincible kingdom declared by God, founded by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit and start overwhelming the world before the world overwhelms us!

Blessings

Bob Chapman 

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