First Century New Believer Follow-up: A Sobering Reassessment

Monday is for Discussion

“And after they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, ‘Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.'” (Acts 14:21-22)

(With alarm) What?

  • Warn new believers that life might get harder after they become followers of Christ? 
  • Warn them that life will get harder  because they are followers of Christ?
  • Tell them their entry into the kingdom of God will have tribulation, trial, pain and heartache as a part of following Jesus?

“Are you mad? How will we get them to follow if we scare them with news like that?”

If that is the way you think about discipleship, you know nothing of the beauty of Christ and the greatness of what he purchased at the cross. You aren’t following Jesus; you are following a figment of your imagination.

Joel Osteen and his ilk beware. And God help us if we cheapen the gospel by offering less than what the apostle Paul offered first century new converts.

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