September 1st 2019. Loser: Lose your life. (Luke 9:23-27. Philippians 3).
Sometimes we are accused of offering a ‘cheap’ gospel; God is so loving and so for us that to be a Christian is blessing all the way without cost. Jesus however combined the proclamation of good news with a stark call to follow the way of the cross (The Calvary Road). To follow Jesus is to embrace a life that may involve suffering and persecution. For those of us in the West it’s a challenge to listen to the persecuted Church. Would we be keen to identify as Christians if we had to face what they do? Why do they do it?