Most often, in our American context, this is really just a hypothetical question. When we’re faced with the cost of discipleship and this whole idea that we’re supposed to lay down our lives for Christ, we think of it as a mentality. Do I have the mentality that if I were asked to die for Christ that I would? We think for a moment. Take a second to process the possibilities. And then courageously announce that yes of course we would die for Christ! But it’s the 21st century and really all we can do is affirm hypotheticals. The thing is, 21 Christians were just beheaded because they had count the cost of discipleship and chose Christ...
By: Steven Nelms
It’s a lot to talk about, so I’m going to get right into it. The most concise backstory I can provide is this: I was offered to take over a church plant that was only 4 years old at the time. I was right out of college with zero experience on a church staff and really had no business pastoring a church on my own. I stepped in as pastor and led for a year. Toward the end of that year, I had to throw in the towel because it had pushed me to an emotional, mental, and spiritual limit that was about to make me break. The church took a vote of whether to call a new pastor or to shut the doors.
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