Welcome to the Discipleship Minute. I’m Maurice Smith. Jesus declared, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” A cross was a feared Roman instrument of execution. In the year 71 B.C. Roman Legions under Marcus Licinius Crassus put down a slave rebellion and crucified six thousand prisoners along a 125 mile stretch of the Apian Way. One thing you knew about a man carrying a cross out of the city. You knew he wasn’t coming back. And that was Jesus’ point. To be a disciple of the Kingdom means you and I must go “all in,” or go home. Are you “all in?” To help you answer that question, I’ve written a book entitled, And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom: Biblical Studies In Discipleship And The Kingdom of God. Find it on our website at risingrivermedia.org; that’s risingrivermedia.org.
(From And They Dreamt Of A Kingdom, Volume 1, page 7)
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