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The Marks of a Disciple

8.16.20 - Persecution for Christ Places us in Good Company! (Matthew 5:11-12)

If someone invited you on a journey, and began their invitation by saying, “The path is treacherous, and we might suffer greatly, but there is wonderful treasure at the end,” you would certainly think hard about whether or not such a venture would be worth it. In our passage for today (Matthew 5:11-12), Jesus invites His followers to count the cost of Christian discipleship. His way is the way of opposition and abuse, and yet His way leads to eternal life. For the Christian, opposition and persecution are seen in a new light. We recognize the redemptive value of suffering for Jesus’s sake, and we realize that all who have followed the Lord before us have had to endure pain and hardship. The path of Jesus, although difficult, places us in good company. There is treasure awaiting us, the true treasure of being with the Lord forever in the New Heaven and New Earth. The path of Christian discipleship is difficult, but the King is worth it!


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2.23.20 An Introduction to 1 Peter

2.16.20 Preaching the Whole Bible!

2.9.20 Gospel 101: Reason to Rejoice!

2.2.20 Wise Friendships

1.26.20 Wise Parenting

1.19.20 Wise Marriage

1.12.20 Wise Work

12.29.19 Biblical View of Riches

12.22.19 Sent by the Sent One

12.15.19 6 Words of Wisdom About Your Money

12.8.19 The Wise Path

12.1.19 Wise Control

11.24.19 Wise Ears!

11.17.19 Wise Words!

11.10.19 Christ in Proverbs!

11.3.19 An Introduction to Proverbs - Part II

10.27.19 An Introduction to Proverbs - Part I

10.20.19 Unity for the World's Rescue and the Church's Joy

10.13.19 Imitating the King With Others

10.6.19 Citizens Together of God's Kingdom!

9.29.19 Gospel Partnership!

9.22.19 But God...

9.15.19 A Sound Church Treasures Jesus!

9.8.19 A Sound Church Perseveres!

9.1.19 True Contentment!

8.25.19 Translating Sound Living into the Workplace

8.18.19 A Word Regarding Sound Leadership in the Church

8.11.19 The Church: God's Functional Family

8.4.19 Shepherding Like Jesus!

7.29.19 Praying for the Church!

7.22.19 Sound Training 101!

7.14.19 On Guard!

7.7.19 Storm-ology 201

6.30.19 Who We Are and What We Do is Because of What He's Done!

6.16.19 Sound Leadership

6.9.19 Instructions for God's Church!

6.2.19 Christ is Sufficient for True Contentment!

5.26.19 Praying and Proclaiming According to God's Vision for the Nations!

5.19.19 Wage the Good Warfare!

5.12.19 Paul's Transformation: an Example for All Believers!

5.5.19 The Unexpected Kingdom

4.28.19 God's Revelation is Evidence of His Grace!

4.21.19 The Case for the Resurrection

4.14.19 The Significance of Sound Doctrine!

4.7.19 Church Membership Part II

3.31.19 Church Membership Part I

3.24.19 Gospel Assurance

3.17.19 Gospel Evidence!

3.10.19 The Sovereignty of God

3.3.19 The Power of Prayer

2.24.19 Overcomer!

2.17.19 The Power of Love! Part II

2.3.19 The Power of Love!

1.27.19 Test and Rest!

1.20.19 What's Love Got To Do With It? Part Two of Two

1.13.19 What's Love Got To Do With It? Part One of Two

1.6.19 Who Do You Belong To?

12.30.18 Hope That Results In Holiness!.

12.23.18 The Good News of Christmas!.

12.16.18 Doubt: When Life Seriously Conflicts With Our Faith!

12.9.18 In Light of The Time, Abide!

12.2.18 Who Do You Love?

11.25.18 Blessed Assurance!

11.18.18 A New Commandment!

11.11.18 A Gospel that Transforms!

11.4.18 Walking In The Light!

10.28.18 For the Sake of Our Joy!

10.21.18 We Gather to Go!