A Call to Suffer and Die

This week’s message challenged us to think about the reality of suffering for all who follow Jesus. For the early Church, suffering was a regular part of their existence. Following the execution of Peter at the hands of Nero, Mark writes to the early church answering their urgent question: “Is following Jesus worth it?!” While Mark was penning his letter, many Christians were losing their lives because they claimed Jesus as Savior. The urgency Mark felt as he wrote is often experienced today when we ask, “Is following Jesus worth it?”