Martin Luther said,
A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.”
-Galaxie Software. (2002). 10,000 Sermon Illustrations. Biblical Studies Press.
The Lord’s most recognizable lesson on the cost of discipleship invokes the cross.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.'”
-The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1984 (Mt 16:24–25). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
You may find it interesting that Jesus never tells His followers to share a gospel tract, the Roman Road or a “sinner’s prayer.” What He commands, what He expects of us is to make disciples. (Matt 28:19)
Discipleship is hard. It is so hard that many believers never venture far into its deep waters. But it’s out there, away from the safety of tradition, routine and the comforts of well planned spiritual growth strategies that we encounter the convergence of discipleship’s cost and consolation. You see, discipleship is strongest when we are weakest. We know we are disciples of Christ when, in our difficulties we find strength, hope and peace as compensation for paying the cost of discipleship.
Discipleship cannot be micro-waved. It’s not consumed or digested quickly and this is a challenge for those of us raised in a culture of instant gratification. An expectation of easy answers and ready-made spiritual maturity collide with biblical reality. This is why discipleship often seems more like a train wreck than a bed of roses. It’s tough! But, O the consolation!
Starting Tuesday, September 3, PBC will offer eight discipleship options. They include:
These offerings are in addition to our regular Sunday morning Bible Study opportunities each week, 9:30-10:30. We are passionate about making disciples. Giving you the tools to equip you is the desire of all these leaders. I urge you to pray for the Lord to show what’s best for you. Keep watch in the Sunday bulletins for more information.