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The Cost of Following Jesus

Chris Johnson & Kevin Strum
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The Cost of Following Jesus Chris Johnson & Kevin Strum / Hope Church 2020 Theme - Following Jesus PK: What does it mean to follow Jesus? PC: What will it cost to follow Jesus? PK - Let’s read - Luke 9:57-62 English Standard Version Chapter 9 The Cost of Following Jesus 57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Here are 3 points that stick out to me from this passage: 1. Priorities 2. Distractions 3. Lifestyle The Gospel of Luke gives us another look into the cost of Discipleship, Pastor Chris is going to share that perspective. PC - Let’s read - Luke 14:25-33 English Standard Version Chapter 14 25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Here are 3 points that stick out to me in this passage: 1. You must love all things (including family) less by comparison to Jesus 2. Pick up your cross daily and follow Christ 3. Renounce everything Now, let’s tie these two perspectives together - This really can be summed up into 3 statements: PK speak on this and give illustration Following Jesus requires us to spend more time with Him than anyone or anything else. Illustration - Can you follow two things at the same time? - What does how we spend our time say about who or what is the number one priority in our lives? - The “Would-be” disciples did not have following Jesus has their number one priority. (vs.59 & 62) - Fact: Who or what we spend the majority of our time with determines what we will become like. - “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” PC speak on this and give illustration Following Jesus requires us to leave behind anything that distracts us from following Him. Illustration - What people or things are distracting you from following Jesus? Is is technology, hobbies/toys, cars, people/relationships, our work (how are you? Busy. Yeah me too…) I struggle here, it’s so easy to get distracted. I continually find myself needing to refocus on the task at hand. We need the Lord’s help to do this for His will first and foremost. Romans 12:1b - “...the sin which holds on to us so tightly...” Eph 4:21-23 -since we have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Jesus wants us to be liberated from these things, because they are part of our old way of life. We are now a new creation and we follow the lead of the Holy Spirit. Let us be like Peter and the other disciples in Mark 10:26, giving our all… English Standard Version Chapter 10 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him,3 “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” PK speak on this and give illustration Following Jesus requires us to live a life of simplicity. Illustration - How should following Jesus change our lifestyle? >Matthew 6:25-34 -Human beings seem to want simplicity but love duplicity… -We want to rearrange vs. 33 so bad! “Seek all these things first…” -“Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t His followers. Its that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up His dream and work for it.” Scot McKnight PC to share Trans thought - Have you ever heard of TL;DR or TL;DL? Here’s the point!! Trans: Throughout this coming year we want to challenge you to focus on one thing!  Following Jesus!  Because when we are truly following Him incredible, supernatural, and miraculous things happen. Another way to say it, Jesus says, "I want you to follow me so fully, so intensely, so enduringly that all other attachments in your life look weak by comparison" Remember, it’s not “easy”. Following Him should cost you something! Be prepared to at least pay the same “bill” that the disciples did. PK to share commitment question and tie into the Body of Christ for Communion - Commitment: • Will you follow Him in 2020 like never before? • Will you leave behind everything that distracts you from following Him? • Will you spend more time with Him than anyone or anything else? Song - “Nothing Else”
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