Paul was willing to take a beating for the church because Jesus submitted to a brutal murder “to make her (the church) holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:26-27 HCSB)
Seems like fewer and fewer people are willing to take the church seriously, let alone take a beating for her.
In a way, this is good reality check for me (and maybe for the rest of us who are wanting to plant a church/are planting a church). It’s making me ask, “Am I desiring to plant a church because King Jesus has called me to do it, or am I taking the easy way out and not take a beating for Christ’s bride in my local context by remaining and pursuing her holiness?”