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Missionaries in China had been training leaders for several weeks. Following a session on baptism, a fifteen-year-old girl felt led to submit to the ordinance. The girl’s father performed the baptism. Missionaries listened joyfully as the father asked his daughter the first of several questions: “Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe Jesus has forgiven you for your sins? Do you promise to walk with Jesus always?”

When the father asked the fourth question, however, the missionaries were somewhat taken aback: “When they come into our house and take us away, when they beat us and try to get us to deny Him, will you still follow Jesus?” --Jim L. Wilson and Jarrell Jones

--Voices of the Faithful, Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis, p. 192.

Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV) (24) Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (25) For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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