Welcome to a special episode of our podcast, where we have the privilege of hosting Chris Grainger, the visionary founder of “The Lion Within Us.” In this enlightening conversation, we delve into Chris’s profound passion for empowering Christian men and building a supportive community. Join us as Chris shares his personal journey of faith, resilience, and triumph over adversity, all while emphasizing the opportunity to build God’s kingdom in every circumstance.
A Journey to Christ
Chris’s story begins at the age of 16 when he embarked on a journey to Christ. He candidly admits that his initial attendance at church was driven by motives that may not have aligned with true faith. However, a life-altering encounter with Jesus transformed his perspective, setting him on a path of deep spiritual growth.
Navigating Challenges and Finding Strength
Despite his newfound faith, Chris faced challenges in understanding and living out his beliefs due to a lack of guidance and support. He opens up about the difficulties he encountered in his twenties and early thirties, including the breakdown of his marriage. Left with the responsibility of raising two young daughters, Chris chose surrender and reliance on God’s strength. This pivotal decision led to numerous blessings, including a loving wife, two more children, and a closer relationship with God forged through trials and tragedies.
The Call to Serve Christian Men
As the conversation unfolds, Chris shares his experience in podcasting and how he felt called by God to serve Christian men. He highlights the pressing need for effective men’s ministry within churches and emphasizes that it should extend beyond casual gatherings. Chris advocates for creating meaningful connections among men through shared experiences, fostering a sense of unity and purpose.
The Decline in Church Attendance and the Feminization of the Church
Chris addresses the decline in church attendance and the perceived feminization of the church, particularly in the United States. He traces this shift to historical factors, such as wars and the industrial revolution, which resulted in a lack of male presence in churches. Chris underscores the importance of balancing truth and grace in church teachings, citing Jesus as the embodiment of both qualities.
The Mission of “The Lion Within Us”
Towards the end of the conversation, Chris provides insights into the mission of “The Lion Within Us.” He emphasizes the significance of recognizing Jesus as both the sacrificial Lamb of God and the fierce Lion of Judah. The community aims to help Christian men tap into their God-given potential, empowering them to become leaders in their families and communities. Chris addresses the challenges men face in today’s society, particularly the impact of fatherlessness, and stresses the need for a strong community to support and guide them.
This podcast episode offers a compelling glimpse into the life and mission of Chris Grainger and his dedication to empowering Christian men through “The Lion Within Us.” It is a testament to personal growth, the strengthening of faith, and the importance of fostering a supportive network of like-minded individuals. Listeners are invited to embrace their potential, overcome challenges, and fulfill their roles as the leaders that God intends them to be.
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