Not interested in big crowds

Radical“Jesus Christ—the youngest mini-church pastor in history…

Whenever the crowd got big, he’d say something such as, ‘Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.’ Not exactly the sharpest church-growth tactic. I can almost picture the looks on the disciples’ faces. ‘No, not the drink-my-blood speech! We’ll never get on the list of the fastest growing movements if you keep asking them to eat you.’

By the end of that speech, all the crowds had left, and only twelve men remained. Jesus apparently wasn’t interested in marketing himself to the masses. His invitations to potential followers were clearly more costly than the crowds were ready to accept, and he seemed to be okay with that. He focused instead on the few who believed him when he said radical things. And through their radical obedience to him, he turned the course of history in a new direction.”

~ Excerpted from Radical by David Platt

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© Richard Alvey and iLife Journey, 2013. All rights reserved.

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Filed under Christianity, David Platt, Discipleship, Jesus, Religion and Spirituality

9 responses to “Not interested in big crowds

  1. That’s good! I have always believed that Jesus said challenging things like that to get rid of the excess crowds and those that were looking to be fed more fish and chips:-)

  2. Chris Jordan

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I did read his follow up “Radical Together” (a smaller volume) and was challenged by it. Thanks for sharing…

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