This is the inspiring and convicting account of three eighteenth-century Christian leaders— John Wesley, George Whitefield, and Jonathan Edwards— all of whom were passionate about glorifying God by serving Him in their generation. They each left an enduring and fruitful legacy through their labors, and they were also married. How they did, or did not, balanced their passion for ministry with being married is the subject of this book.
This is more than just the story of three couples; it gives us contemporary lessons too, offering biblical guidelines and counsel from modern day Christian leaders. Many couples today struggle with how God views the relationship between family and ministry. This book gleans insights from these examples and gives biblical guidelines and counsel from some modern day Christian leaders too.
What is the legacy you are leaving in your marriage and ministry? Moore answers penetrating questions like:
“C. T. Studd believed ‘the cause of Christ’ took precedence over his family.” (Page 9)
“However, Wesley goes beyond the Word of God when he calls marriage a ‘foolish desire.’” (Page 31)
“The format of this book will be to devote one chapter to each person, looking at four specific areas. These areas are: the biblical and theological convictions of each of these men regarding their role and responsibilities as ministers of the gospel; the biblical and theological convictions of each of these men regarding their role and responsibilities as husbands and/or fathers; how their biblical and theological convictions shaped their actual marriages and/or families; and, how each wife responded to her husband’s convictions.” (Page 18)
“The first reason is that although both desired to marry strictly because they thought it would enhance their ministries (i.e. Wesley to break down the prejudice the world had about him and Whitefield to gain a helpmate to work in the Orphan House), Whitefield was extremely clear in communicating his intentions for marriage whereas Wesley was not.” (Page 86)
“John Wesley believed that, after God, a man’s wife must be the most important person in his life. However, because he saw his commitment to Christ as synonymous with his commitment to the cause of Methodism, his ministry took precedence over his wife.” (Pages 129–130)