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What It Takes To Be A Disciple Of Christ: 3 Things You Need To Learn

Love God More than Anyone Else

We express love in different kinds of ways. In human relationships, we express our love by saying I love you to the person we love. Giving gifts; caring, hugging, helping, and sometimes smiling are our expressions of love. But what about how we express our love to God? What love signals do we do to show our love to God? The scriptures never failed to tell us how we show our love, especially to God. 1 John 5:2 “By this, we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.” 1 John 5:7  “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”

God is therefore pleased when we obey His word as a way of demonstrating our love for Him. Loving God has a good effect on other people and us because when we show our love for God by following His word, we begin to love others better and improve as individuals. Loving God and following His commandments will ultimately be advantageous to us and everyone around us. Therefore, our love signal to God is by obeying His word that is how we should express our love to Him.

Must be Willing to Suffer Hardship

Christians should not be shocked when difficulties arise. For God always reminds us that “ In this world, you will have trouble” as it says in John 16:33. Hardships may include: temptations, heartbreaks, depression, disappointments, and rejection. These are forms of hardships that test our faith in God. There is also hardship you can encounter within your church when having a ministry. Handling a group of people with different attitudes, perspectives, and characteristics can be hard. As church leaders, we often have inner struggles that we necessarily keep to ourselves. It’s so hard to know what details you should and shouldn’t share with those you lead. When we minister the gospel, any adversity and suffering we endure conforms to and reveals the nature of Christ’s atoning work through suffering. Moreover, this suffering we dealt with in the work of the ministry, simply shows the listeners the love of God in Christ.

Just like what Jesus did. Although He knew what could cost Him in being a disciple of the Father, He endured all of this for He knew that the reward for this would be the redemption of mankind and a seat at the right hand of God. In the same way, as Christians, we can find hope to endure all the hardships we may face if we consider the reward Christ has promised us.

Adversity benefits both us and others when it comes from the hand of God. 

Forsake all to Follow Him

All of us knew what it feels like to let go in order to gain. We let go of unnecessary things in order for us to gain a better future someday. Students, they let go of hang-out time or enjoyment in order to achieve good grades. Our brothers let us give up hours of sleep just to gain a high level for their video game. For us Christians, we gave up our jobs and earthly services in order to gain opportunities to serve God. One of the main truths of true redemption is that we lose everything in order to obtain everything. Philippians 3:7  “But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be lost in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.” You are being described by the Lord. Despite having amassed material wealth, some people discover Christ to be a far more priceless treasure. In order to obtain that treasure, they cheerfully trade everything they possess. Christ encourages sinners to give up all for redemption by doing this.

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People Who Consistently Read The Bible Have More Hope, Survey Finds

According to the American Bible Society’s study, consistency in reading and applying the Bible makes a person more hopeful and encourages them to be resilient. The study is conducted in accordance with the American Bible Society’s report on the recent 12th annual “State of the Bible”.

According to John Farquhar Plake, PD.D., and the American Bible Society’s director of ministry intelligence, the results continue to show that the Bible encourages more hope to the reader.

“Christians know that Jesus offers us full life; there’s no surprise here. But for those who are questioning their faith or even who need reassurance after a hard season, the data validates that applying the truths of Scripture leads to better health, better relationships, and a higher sense of purpose and meaning-all while bringing us closer to God.” – Statement from John Farquhar Plake, Ph.D.

The massive damage caused by the recent pandemic COVID19, that affect people to worry more and even have anxiety. It is even more difficult for people to interact with each other, making it more difficult for us to communicate. Research team American Bible Society, was thrilled to find that the study confirmed that the Bible prompted more people to feel hopeful even during a pandemic.

“People who are deeply connected to the Bible and to the Christian community are remarkably resilient,” and “were more apt to overcome certain challenges,” Plaked added in an interview with CBN‘s Healthy Living.

The Bible’s Message of Comfort and Strength

Another core message from the Bible that can give us hope during the pandemic is the message of comfort and strength. The pandemic can be a challenging and difficult time, and it can be easy to get caught up in our own challenges and struggles. But by looking inward and finding comfort and strength within ourselves, we can help ourselves to stay strong and positive even during the toughest times. Comfort and strength can be wonderful ways to connect with our neighbors and show them that we are there for them. It can be a way to lift up our neighbors in comfort and strength and to let them know that we care.

The pandemic can be a challenging time, but it can also be a time when we can come together as a community and support each other. Comfort and strength can be a great way to apply the Bible’s teachings to our lives and show others that we care and are there for them. The pandemic is a challenging and difficult time, but it can also be a time when we can come together as a community and support each other.

People who are deeply connected to the Bible are said to be more mature in decision-making. They are said to have more values and surrendered their lives to the Lord. Lastly, comforting promises from the Bible are said to decrease stress levels.