Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:
“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.
And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
“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?
For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,
saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
“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?
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.
In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
Summary: We all know the cost of discipleship is high, but what is discipleship, and more importantly, do we, as a Christians have a choice but to be disciples? True discipleship is to embrace it, to enjoy it, and live for it because we want to.
Summary: The true Gospel message is everywhere in the bible, yet most church goes cannot see it. They cannot see the wood for the trees. This short sermon hopefully summarises this message in a way that relates to people.
Summary: Here is my adaptation of a sermon contributed by Tim Zingale, Sept. 2007, "The Rabbit". The focus of my adaptation is the declining vitality of the universal church resulting from having lost sight of Christ, the cornerstone of God's redemptive church.
Summary: Many initially are willing to follow the Lord, but fail to count the cost. Upon realizing the great sacrifice necessary to follow Him, many are unwilling to pay the price. We must count the cost and be willing to pay the price in service to the Lord.
Summary: To establish that success is never achieved without one first counting the cost. This lesson deals with our commitment and faithfulness to Christ; and his promise to us regarding eternal life.
Summary: Once we believe in Jesus, we are saved from sin and become children of God. But believing is just the beginning of God’s plan. God wants us to become DISCIPLES. In Luke 14, Jesus teaches us three tests of discipleship.
Summary: We are called to be disciples of Christ and disciple-makers for Christ. Jesus challenges us to consider the cost commitment of discipleship, and not be distracted by the comfort and convenience this world offers.
Summary: Jesus does not promise us material wealth if we follow him, but he promises us a wealth beyond anything we can dream of in terms of material goods. His wealth is the wealth of the Holy Spirit and the wealth of heaven. God and Christ are willing to share.
Summary: Your neighbor attends church wanting instruction and supernatural response in every important area of life . . .
relationships, direction and success, but we they don't want anyone to talk about money.
Summary: Many profess to love the lord but with reservations. Their mantra is “I love you Lord but...” Excuses arise when they are called to follow Jesus Christ in sacrificial discipleship or to live separated holy lives.