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Cards on the Table

By November 4, 2017November 7th, 2017Disciple, Sermon Series Pre-Campaign)

What is required of you to be a disciple of Jesus? Here in Luke 14 Jesus doesn’t pull and punches, he lays all his cards on the table and leaves the ball in our court. So, is it worth it to be a disciple of Jesus?

Luke 14:25–35

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples. 34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Big Idea: A disciple’s devotion to Jesus is so great that everything else pales in comparison.

Our devotion to Jesus should be greater than our devotion to anyone else, our own lives, even our possessions. 

Cost/Benefit Analysis

Devoted to self   —   Devoted to Jesus

Your life   —   Eternal life

Trouble in this world   —   Jesus has overcome the world

I do what I want   —   I have peace with God

Friendships   —   Jesus is your friend

Family   —   the church

Philippians 3:4–11

4 …If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.

7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Discussion Questions

See also the follow-up post