Discipleship in Troubled Times

   We need an army of disciples…and we need them now. Yes, for “such a time as this” we need bold, faithful followers of Christ.

   Those opening lines could have been applied when the book of Acts was lived-out. It was a time of religious and political challenges. Those who boldly preached the resurrected Christ put their freedom and life on the line. The “tribulation” Jesus prophesied (John 16:33b) was a reality for those first disciples.

   Today we face similar challenges. We find a vacillating Church in the midst of a corrupted culture. There are internal debates and division. Pilate’s question — “What is truth?” (John 18:38a) is also a common query today.

   Deep spiritual issues are before us, tied, largely, to the agenda of “individual rights.” Hot topics include “gender choice” and “sexual orientation.” There is an aggressive effort to cancel the voice of the Bible and the Church. 

   Christ’s voice is viewed as offensive and oppressive. His “truth” is seen as irrelevant and outdated.

   What a critical time for Word to be shared. The truth is that its power and relevance is still present. It needs a passionate voice for real impact.

   It was Jesus’ intentional plan for equipped disciples to ...

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