Tonight’s service was great! We are experiencing an increase in attendance for the evening services, which is not the norm from years past! Dr. Meyer delivered a fantastic sermon tonight from Mark 8-9 on discipleship. We have probably all heard a sermon or two on Jesus’ words concerning taking up your cross and following him, but tonight’s message was powerful. I guess it was hearing it from another who explained so much of the larger narrative context–it was simply wonderful.
One of the things that pastoral ministry has taught these last nearly-6 years is the lack of understanding of what it means to be a disciple. And I don’t say this as one who feels as though I have been the most faithful disciple–God knows I haven’t. But being in a position where one has to model the life of a disciple as part of teaching others with the goal of helping them to become better disciples, I see regularly the shortfall of my own obedience, or lack thereof. I so appreciated the message tonight because I heard with fresh ears the demands of discipleship–denial of self, bearing the cross, and following Jesus. Sounds so simple, yet it costs us everything.
Αυτω η δοξα,