A challenging example of radical discipleship is the life of Cyprian. Cyprian was a wealthy Roman who lived in the third century A.D. He became a Christian in 246 at the age of 40. As a new convert, he was so overjoyed to have found Christ and receive the new birth that he liquidated his entire estate, gave the money to the poor, and rejoiced because he was free from material possessions. Cyprian became an overseer in the church and also wrote some valuable works, including some remarkable passages on Christian rebirth. Because of persecution, most of his ministry was conducted underground. He worked tirelessly for the church and proved faithful unto death – he was beheaded by the Romans in 258.
(Source: David Bercot, Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up, p. 13)