“Enter in by the narrow gate...”
Verses like this one can be confusing to the modern Christian mind. How does this apply to my daily experience? The answer to this question and others lies in a secret truth that the early believers closely guarded. It was the secret of Martyrdom.
In The Following of Christ, Greg Gordon gives us a glimpse of what following the Lord truly meant to the Early Church. Join hands with your nail-pierced Lord’s hand and learn of that great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) who have gone before us, some giving their very lives.
"This little book helps us to not only admire the ancient Christian martyrs, but to examine our lives and prepare for own martyrdom should God will it. As Greg reminds us, God grants special grace to those whom He calls to suffer by the sacrifice of their lives, enabling them to be fearless and even triumphant." - David Servant, Founder of Heavens Family
"This Booklet is a great blessing to me and it shows the true side of Christianity, which is truly different from the world. As I think about Christians I know I wonder how many Western World Christians will be able to bear reading the booklet. It is a wake-up call. Jesus said that we cannot be His disciple if we love our life more than him that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world," Phil. 2:15" - Rev. Edgar Reich, Revival USA Canada
Author Greg Gordon’s new book “The following of Christ” Biblical perspective about suffering and persecution is incredibly practical and useful. He gives a fresh insight about the “suffering”. This subject is of great relevance to the global church at this time of history. Mission is being done in the context of suffering and persecution and to undergird it with a solid biblical and theological foundation is the need of the hour. There are a good many reasons in the Scriptures to believe that the Great Commission will not be completed without suffering. One of these reasons is that when Jesus said that the gospel will be preached throughout the world as a testimony to all the nations, he also said in the same context, "Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers." (Mathew 24:9,14 NLT). St. Augustine said “God had one Son on earth without sin, but never one without suffering.” St Peter urged “Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. (1 Peter 4:1) If you think you know what the Bible says on suffering but have not read this book, I strongly encourage you to read it.” This book is very Bible based and a model of meticulous research, well documented and easy to read. May God overwhelm you with His goodness and continue to reward you for this diligent work and valuable truth needed for our times.
+ Bishop M A Lalachan -Executive Director Transformation India Movement-Bihar, India
Turning back to the past to underline the importance of a message to the present generation is a method we find multiple times in scriptures (Hebrews 12: 1ff.; 1 Cor. 10: 1ff.; etc). This is of especial value in our day where scores of Christians are forced to give their lives as drink offering on account of their commitment to Christ. Pastor Greg Gordon is offering us a timely call to turn to see ‘the cloud of witnesses (martyrs)’ from the Christian history to help our own footsteps after Jesus. I found this booklet worth reading for the pilgrims towards their progress in Christ.
Pastor Johnson George of Bethel Christian Assembly
The prevailing passion of every true saint has always been to know Jesus Christ, to make Him the central focus of life, to love Him with all one’s heart. The theme of “The Following of Christ” is that He is worth living for and He is worth dying for. This is the message the Church needs today! - Steve Gallagher, President, Pure Life Ministries
"The persecution of Christ’s people is inevitable by virtue of their identification with the ultimate Martyr in His death. Few themes are more needed to call the Church from her spiritual stupor than martyrdom in this hour of unprecedented apostasy. For what greater message is there to check the deadening drift of so many professors from Jesus. While Greg Gordon’s book, The Following of Christ, is brief, the reader will find it a blessing. Its content will stoke the embers of any tepid heart that longs to scale new heights of spiritual reality for His beloved Master. The author’s biblical insight into martyrdom and his personal love for Christ will serve to incite greater devotion for the Savior and the beauties of His atonement." - Don Currin, European Coordinator with HeartCry Missionary Society