In many parts of the world today, it can be easy to live a comfortable life as a Christian. But is that a good thing?
Brett McCracken, the author of our study book, “Uncomfortable,” suggests that the Christian faith is inherently uncomfortable. As he puts it, to be a disciple of Jesus is to “deny oneself (Matt. 16:24), to take up a cross (Luke 14:27), to be subject to persecution (John 15:20; 2 Tim. 3:12), to give up the creature comforts of home (Luke 9:58), to forsake the priority of family (Luke 9:59–62; 14:26), to be willing to give up all material possessions (Matt. 19:21; Luke 14:33), to be crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20). And this is just the beginning.”
C. S. Lewis once said, “I didn’t go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
But comfort-seeking is our default mode in a consumerist society, so we often find ourselves in “comfortable Christianity” without even knowing it. This book will explore some indicators that our Christianity, our faith, and our church have become too cozy, more like a pleasant bottle of port than the uncomfortable, sharpening faith the New Testament requires.
Join Paul Theisen and Steve Wheeler starting Monday, February 5 at 6:30am in the Sanctuary, and continuing for 8 weeks. Our hope is that by embracing the uncomfortable truths of the Gospel we will be more fully transformed into the image of Christ.
The book is available on Amazon for about $10 so we urge you to buy now. Come one, come all!