True Grit is more than a John Wayne/Glen Campbell/Jeff Bridges movie about justice in the late 1800’s. Today, it’s the group of 6 to 10 guys who meet over lunch, eat BBQ, and study God’s Word.
Jack Wilburn organized the group in August of 2017. The purpose of the ministry? “To make better men by better understanding what God is teaching us through His Word,” said Jack. “It’s also designed to increase fellowship between the men of our church.”
The group meets in the laid-back atmosphere of Rudy’s in Frisco. Gathering on Wednesdays at 11:45 AM, they study books of the Bible. Over the last 18 months, they worked their way through Romans, James, Philippians, Ecclesiastes, Colossians, and Corinthians. However, in March, they tried something new by studying The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.
When asked why they come, every man mentioned the fellowship with other Christian men. Yet, besides good fellowship and good food, something more is happening. Something deeper compels these men to attend each week:
“Here I can openly discuss religious beliefs,” said Ron. Others echoed that sentiment, commenting “I keep coming because I’m learning, and I know I won’t be chastised for not knowing everything. All thoughts and questions are accepted.”
Joel said, “We have men from all walks of life, age, and experience. It’s a place where we can have confidential, meaningful dialogue and build relationships. Not only is it something we do for us, but being in a public place allows us to be a witness to all who walk by.”
Mike A. added, “It’s a great opportunity to learn how to be a Christian man from other Christian men.”
Jack affirmed the fruit True Grit bears. “I’ve seen relationships and friendships grow. I’ve seen men become more comfortable with the Bible. They realize they don’t have to be an expert to read and discuss the Bible.”
True Grit welcomes all men. Jack emphasized that no preparation is required. “I never want anyone to skip because they didn’t do the reading. I’ll make sure they get what they need from the passages.”
Jack and the men of True Grit,
You are role models for how to study, learn, and become the person God created us to be. No one of us knows it all or does it perfectly. Yet, time together like yours offers opportunity to raise questions, hear God, and grow in faith and fellowship. Thank you for your devotion to make such a difference in the life of all who come to your table.
With love, Your Church Family
Interested in joining the men of True Grit? Contact Jack Wilburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.