One of my favorite parts of my new position here at Grace Chapel is leading our Oasis class. It’s a class designed for small group leaders to help them prepare the studies they’ll be leading this week. Based on the Sunday morning message, it’s our hope to not only reinforce the sermon but to explore its context, interpretation and application collectively.
This week’s sermon was on discipleship (preached by Pastor of Community Care, Jim Ennis) and it chronicled Peter from when Jesus called him, to when he was rebuked to when he boldly preached the gospel in Acts. When we talk about faithful discipleship, hopefully, at some point, we end up talking about sacrifice. And when we talk about sacrifice, eventually we talk about persecution.
One of the questions of my study asked, “…what risks do present day Christians face in being identified as Christ-followers?” This question generated some discussion.