Luke 9 - NIV
As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
He said to another man,
“Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him,
“Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.”
“No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
The Almost Followers Of Jesus
Summary: This sermon looks at three individuals who almost follow Jesus. I. The OPPORTUNIST II. The HESITATOR III. The PROCRASTINATOR
Perspective on Racial Tensions and Religious Prejudice in America
Summary: This is an adaptation of a sermon by Eric Carey-holt posted on Feb. 2003. I have updated this sermon in light of the tragic racial incidents of the week of July 4-9, 2016, addressing the problem of growing racial tension and religious intolerance today.
Don't Be An Oxymoron!
Summary: A Casual Disciple of Christ? Jesus teaches us that such a disciple is no disciple.
A Turning Point in the Ministry of Jesus
Summary: When we set out with Jesus, we can hardly begin to understand what paths He might lead us down to get to our destination – it is not always what we think, but we must implicitly trust Him.
Christians in the Wild
Summary: By forcing the reader to see what it means to serve Jesus in extreme circumstances, Luke challenges us to consider the depth of our own personal discipleship.
Stumbling Blocks to the Cross
Summary: On their way to Jerusalem and the cross, Jesus has three encounters that become teaching opportunities on stumbling blocks to following Him and embracing the cross
Tale of Two Buts
Summary: Everybody’s got a but! We all have a list of reasons why we don’t do what the Bible says we should do or why we won’t follow the Lord. Salvation provides a turning point where we can leave the buts of excuses and regret behind!
No turning back
Summary: Just because you did not get some stuff does not mean you turn back, just because you’re prayers were unanswered does not mean you quit church, just because you were not healed does not mean you walk out on God! Press forward!
Summary: The Supreme Court of the US (SCOTUS) just made their decision on the definition of marriage. This forces Christians to make a key choice.
Forward in Faith: Action not Excuses!
Summary: God knows everything you do; He hears everything you say; and He sees exactly where you are. So stop making excuses and move forward in your faith.
The Cost of Following Jesus
Summary: The analysis of the concept of discipleship in Luke 9:57-62 teaches us about the cost of following Jesus.
Lose the Excuses
Summary: Jesus is making clear to us is that a commitment to follow Him is more than a desire or a profession of belief. It is a radical, life altering of commitment to follow or live like him
The Discipleship Test
Summary: Following Jesus is the absolutely most important priority in the life of a Christian. What do you think Jesus would say about how well you’re following Him?
Summary: To be good disciples, we must be prepard. Jesus highlighted the need to count the cost (commitment), to consider the priority (value) and to clear the distractions (focus) of life.
Comfort vs Commitment
Summary: The Christian is called to choose commitment over comfort and convenience every time.
No Ifs, Ands, or Buts!
Summary: Real discipleship is demanding. It takes a lot for a spur-of-the-moment impulse to become a lifetime commitment to following Christ.
Summary: Real discipleship is demanding! It takes a lot for a spur-of-the-moment impulse to become a lifetime commitment to following Christ.
Walk faithfully in the Lord
Summary: “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other” Gal. 5:16-17.
Those Rude Samaritans
Summary: James and John were angry from being rejected by Samaritan Villagers. Christ's response applies to us when we don't follow the Word.
Moving Forward--Letting Go Of The Past
Summary: This sermon deals with our need to let go of past things in our lives in order to move forward in God. Lot suffered because he would not let go.