Ayokunu Oduniyi

Ayokunu Oduniyi is the husband to Susan Deborahs, a faithful friend and brother to many. He is the founder & senior leader of A NEW THING London and Four12Men, a Christian men’s organisation based in London Bridge.


a thing used as an example to follow or imitate.
“the project became a model for other schemes”

use (a system, procedure, etc.) as an example to follow or imitate.
“the research method will be modelled on previous work”

Definition of noun and verb provides us with an understanding that a model is an example (person) to follow and a system (criteria) to follow.

You should be a model – person.
The bible should be your reference model – criteria.

This scripture exhorts us to perfectly.

1 Timothy 4:12
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Paul addresses Timothy that his leadership should not be undermined because he is young, that the route to not being despised is the ability to become what you teach (belief).

At 412 Men this is our foundational scripture, what we believe, and is the bedrock behind every topic we venture on. We want to translate from cerebral to actualisation. To grow in understanding resulting with living in obedience.

2021, I want to challenge you to be a man of your word (what you say). This is the first description in the scripture, it’s a popular old saying that defines how men of old bound themselves (contract/covenant) they gave that person their word. Something we see has no weight in the modern era, an ancient path I believe as believers we should adventure upon (Jeremiah 6:16).

2021, set goals and make a plan, look at your speech, conduct, love, faith and purity. Study one area a month and create action points to help you to apply. You never grow beyond what you don’t apply.

Live by faith, not by sight. Christian living is by faith alone, but real faith is not void of works. See it like this, if you confess (faith) to be something, you must act accordingly (works) to what you say. Evidence is plain for all to see, your Christian walk is not a secret but a light to the world, a city on a hill, all should see and behold what you have become the works you do (Matthew 5:14-16) and praise your Father in heaven.

2021, can we become model men, who live lives worthy to follow?

Do this in community, be accountability to one another, prove your mature manhood by taking responsibility.

May God grant us the grace to be models, the desire to commit to discipleship and the wisdom to disciple others.

2021, let’s model.


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