In last Sunday’s sermon we continued our four-part series called “Uncomfortable – The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community”. Our culture is a culture of comfort. We’re encouraged to do what we want, when we want, with whomever we want. If something is uncomfortable, we want to avoid it at all costs. However, the Christian faith is uncomfortable. This series of studies aims to help us embrace, understand, and see the beauty and hope in the challenging realities of being part of God’s people.
This week, Bill was leading us through Mark 8. The main idea was that the Christian life—especially when it comes to being part of a church community—is full of discomfort and awkwardness, but God uses these challenges to help us know him better. Rather than attempting to find our dream church, we must embrace the uncomfortable and difficult parts of the Christian life in order to grow and experience gospel community.
Bill reminded us that the Christian faith is a faith that calls us to the foot of the cross. As you reflect on this week’s message here are some further questions to help you apply this to your own life:
- Why is this a difficult principle to accept?
- What does it mean to “take up” our cross?
- How does what Jesus did for us change the way we view the local church?