What does it cost to build a church?
Time, Energy, and Effort
The church is built by tired men and women who pour themselves out for Bride of Christ.
“No leader lives a day without criticism ” J.O. Sanders
A leader is out front of his or her followers.
The Old Testament prophets were lonely. They carried a message alone.
Shepherds are alone. Loneliness is a particular cost of leaders.
“Loneliness seems to be the price a saint must pay for his sainthood.” -AW Tozer
The mark of authentic leadership is a scars.
The disciples did not recognize the message of Jesus on the Emmaus road…but they recognized Jesus when they saw his scars.
Jesus shows his disciples both His hands and His side…He showed them His scars…and the recognized him.
Paul said, “From now on, let no one cause me trouble for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” Galatians 6:17
Scars mark the leader.
It will cost you your…
….all paid in daily installments over your entire life.
The cost…is a Cross…yours and His.