Sunday Morning 4/19/2012

Posted by Sherry


A DOCTRINE ALMOST NO ONE BELIEVES IN
SO YOU WANT TO BE A DISCIPLE?
(3 Requirements To Be A Disciple)
Luke 14:26-33
CBC 4/22/12
TEXT:26If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his [own] father and mother [[a]in the sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude toward God] and [likewise] his wife and children and brothers and sisters--[yes] and even his own life also--he cannot be My disciple.
    27Whoever does not persevere and carry his own cross and come after (follow) Me cannot be My disciple.
    28For which of you, wishing to build a [b]farm building, does not first sit down and calculate the cost [to see] whether he has sufficient means to finish it?
    29Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and is unable to complete [the building], all who see it will begin to mock and jeer at him,
    30Saying, This man began to build and was not able ([c]worth enough) to finish.
    31Or what king, going out to engage in conflict with another king, will not first sit down and consider and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand [men] to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
    32And if he cannot [do so], when the other king is still a great way off, he sends an envoy and asks the terms of peace.
    33So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, [d]say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be My disciple.
  1. V26 LOVE FOR JESUS ABOVE ALL OTHERS
  • Our love for Jesus so great that love for others looks like hate in comparison
    • Problem #1: We think it costs too much
      • try to please others first and Jesus second
      • natural to take care of our FAVORITES first
      • ILL: mow my yard before I mow yours
    • Problem #2: People don’t really want disciple for a husband, wife, child, friend...
      • most just want a BETTER husband, wife, child, friend...
      • DISCIPLE:
        • prays in restaurants OUT LOUD
        • stops people on the street for SOUL WINNING
        • turns off TV and gets Bible out
        • ILL: wife w/ 2 kids divorced newly saved husband...too much God!
    • Great Commandment Matt. 22:36Teacher, which [a]kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light--which are heavy?]
    •     37And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).
      • heart: emotions (love [action word] with the capacity you have)
      • soul: life element (life pursuit of God)
      • mind: understanding, intellect (God seems to be left out of educational instruction, “the possessor of ALL KNOWLEDGE”
      • ILL: TV Commercial, “the mind is a terrible thing to waste”...If mind not on God it’s wasted already!
  1. V27 BEAR THE CROSS
  • Be willing to be
    • spit on
    • mocked
    • persecuted
    • most just go home
    • ILL: coach ever made you practice in difficult circumstances? mud, heat, cold...did you go home?
    • ILL: ever seen people at a football game in the cold, rain, heat,...& say they can’t come to church b/c they keep the temp. too cold or hot?
    • ILL: can’t come to church, I have a headache...but you go to work or school Monday morning with the same headache
    • ILL: I just can’t get to church on time 10:45am, but you make it to work at 8am?
    • Be willing to bear the cross if you want to be a true disciple
  • Cross: Instrument of torture and pain with suffering
    • Jesus got “messed up” when they put Him on that cross
    • to be a disciple: we’re going to get dirty & messed up
  • Cross soetimes to heavy
    • God will always provide someone to help carry the load
    • Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry His cross when it got too heavy
    • we never know what we can life & carry till we “catch a hold”
  1. V33 FORSAKE ALL YOU HAVE
  • Selfishness
    • Garden of Eden - tempted to be “equal with God”
    • Egypt - Pharaoh using Jews as slaves for personal reasons
    • Canaan & Jordan - Lot & Abraham: Lot chose fertile plain (Sodom & Gomorrah)
    • Modern times - negotiate multi-million dollar contracts for sports while teachers & civil servants struggle to make a living
    • Schools sell their soul, taking out Bible, teaching evolution etc, for the Federal dollar
    • how long since you worked to GIVE instead of GET?
  • 1 Tim. 6:10For the love of money is a root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have been led astray and have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves through with many [a]acute [mental] pangs.
    • keeps our eyes in the wrong places
    • causes us to “qualify” people (give rich attention & neglect the poor)
    • satan has our world just where he wants it
      • times are evil
      • it’s a place of greed
      • popular attitude is “look our for #1, ME
* Mark 10:20And he replied to Him, Teacher, I have carefully guarded and observed all these and taken care not to violate them from my boyhood.
    21And Jesus, looking upon him, loved him, and He said to him, You lack one thing; go and sell all you have and give [the money] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come [and] accompany Me [[a]walking the same road that I walk].
    22At that saying the man's countenance fell and was gloomy, and he went away grieved and sorrowing, for he was holding great possessions.
    23And Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, With what difficulty will those who possess wealth and [b]keep on holding it enter the kingdom of God!
  • Matt 16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life [his blessed [a]life in the kingdom of God]? Or what would a man give as an exchange for his [blessed] [b]life [in the kingdom of God]?
    • success?
    • prosperity? 
    • peace?
  • Matt 6:33But seek ([a]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([b]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [c]taken together will be given you besides.
    • benefit on earth
      • needs met
      • bear fruit of Spirit: love, joy, peace... (person great to be around)
      • abundant life: filling of Holy Spirit
      • help through storms of life
    • benefit in eternity
      • crown of life & other rewards
        • our work doesn’t go unnoticed by God
      • a “well done thou good and faithful servant” from God Himself
CONCL:
So you want to be a disciple of Jesus

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