Prepare for Sunday - July 3

The Gathering

Sundays  //  10:00am

As we study Acts 21 this weekend, we'll see the Apostle Paul heading towards Jerusalem, with everyone telling him that death and imprisonment and suffering awaits him there. And yet, he felt compelled by the Spirit of God to go to Jerusalem.

What if Jesus led us to die for his sake? How would we react?  Would we be willing to follow Jesus into a certain death? As hard as this may be, this is actually what it means to follow Jesus. As we follow Jesus, we come to the end of ourselves. To follow him means to take up our crosses (instruments of death) and follow him wherever he leads. Listen to this quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer which says it perfectly:

The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death—we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise God-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die. It may be a death like that of the first disciples who had to leave home and work to follow him, or it may be a death like Luther’s, who had to leave the monastery and go out into the world. But it is the same death every time—death in Jesus Christ, the death of the old man at his call. (The Cost of Discipleship, 99).

This Sunday, elder Kyle Mountsier will be preaching to us and delivering a message entitled "At the End of Ourselves." Join us!

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