Know the Personal Cost

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Know the Personal Cost

Sermon Notes

  1. 1.) (25-26) Jesus is NOT endorsing hate. However, Jesus does point out here how others may resent you because you have made faith in God your priority.

    2.) (27-28) To carry your cross means you have come to terms with the cost of acknowledging and admitting your faith publicly.

    3.) (29-30) To be committed means you hold enough knowledge for a comprehensive strategy and the ability to endure. These will emerge after thorough preparation and careful consideration.

    4.) (31-33) Choosing your battles means knowing when and what to surrender. Why fight to gain what you later lose forever? Instead, strengthen your faith. Then be the mediator for terms of peace between your neighbors and God.

Luke 14:25-33

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.

Ross Judy