Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

We have embarked on a new series on discipleship here at Stonepoint. I for one, am looking forward to it. Even though I have read books and even taught on the subject of discipleship, I believe to be a disciple of Christ goes far deeper than I have delved into.

Here is a quote from a book I have been teaching on with our School of Discipleship students:

“It is one thing to make a decision for Christ in the warm emotion of a mass evangelist rally. But it is quite another thing to deny one’s self, and take up the cross daily, and follow Christ. Although it costs nothing to become a Christian, it costs plenty to be a consistent believer walking in a path of sacrifice, separation and suffering for Christ’s sake. It is one thing to begin the Christian race well, but it is quite another thing to slug it out day after day, through fair weather and foul, through prosperity and adversity, through joy and through grief.” From True Discipleship by William MacDonald.

Discipleship is no easy road. Many start out well, but few finish the race well, or perhaps at all. We don’t often think of following Christ as being in a war, but that’s exactly what it is. We fight against “the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12). How do we fight against such an enemy. Only by using Spiritual weapons. Christ’s people are soldiers whether we want to be or not. I think our problem is that we forget that fact too easily.

My hope and prayer for this series is that we will have Open hearts and ears that here the Word that Pastor Brandon will bring to us. At the end, may we be able to say along with Paul in Acts 20:24–“But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.”

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