On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" John 6:60
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. John 6:66
We are part of a new church plant in our area and the blessings that have flowed from this body of believers are too numerous to count. The unapologetic preaching of the Word, the rich and well-studied teaching through Sunday School, and the sweet fellowship that we have with one another....all of these blessings and more have spilled over from this small body of like-minded followers.
Still, we have had families come, commit, and then leave. Several of those families have struggled with certain doctrinal issues that they just could not come to terms with. Some have even stated that the preaching was "hard core". It is easy to find ourselves on the discouraging end of the stick if we are not careful to remind one another of our purpose and His pleasure.
He delights in our obedience and we should not grow weary in service for Him. Jenn has written and shared her heart in this area as well.