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Summary: Counting the cost of Discipleship

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WHAT KIND OF DISCIPLE ARE YOU?

LUKE 14:25-35

Story of family coming from Church-----father—talking about the preacher----mother talking about the lady behind her and her loud singing-------daughter talking about her S.S. teacher------Son talking about the lady in front of him with the big hat--------then the son said-------“you know dad, it’s still the cheapest show in town”

Peanuts cartoon---- Lucy-----“Sally crawling------when will she start walking”-------Linus-----“Let her crawl, once you’ve stood and start walking–you’ve committed yourself for a lifetime

John Maxwell—in his book “ Be a people person”-----states—“Until I am committed, there is a hesitancy, a chance to draw back. But the moment I definitely commit myself, then God moves also, and a whole steam of events erupt. All manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings, persons, and material assistance which I could never have dreamed would come my way begin to flow toward me—the moment I make a commitment”

Great Commission— Matthew 28:18-20

Acts 1:4----Don’t leave Jerusalem till the Holy Spirit comes

Now here in Luke—Jesus is teaching on Discipleship----He is making clear the demands and commitment of discipleship

Discipleship means following the teaching of Christ----being committed

Now who are the disciples of Christ?----all who are saved

----You see as Christians we should live for Him—follow His teachings and commands

John 8:31--------------John 15:7 7 8

Now let me ask you a question ----What kind of Disciple are you?

—I think there are 3 main kinds of Disciples

1)----Dilapidated Disciple

for those who do not know what dilapidated means----let me give you an example

----My old green truck--------*pray that it would crack and get me where I was going-----*Noise was terrible--------*looks—Margie wanted me to park it in the back yard------kids was embarrassed

You see the truck is still a truck-----still sorter does the work of a truck----but

• Not dependable

• Doesn’t glorify the owner

• Doesn’t have much power

How many Christians are like that

You see we may have started out with a bang----but we fizzled out

we did not persevere---------God needs Disciples like Paul

II Timothy 4:7—“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”

2)—Dignified Disciples

This is the ones that do everything for show-----bring glory to themselves

You see they are not truly serving God—not willing to do whatever God ask----------They only want to do the showy jobs—what People can brag on

Remember Ananias and Sapphira-----(Andy and Sappie)

-----So many want all the blessings of God------all the prestige----all the glory----but they don’t want to pay the price

They want it all on a silver platter

I Corinthians 1:30-31

3)—Dynamite Disciples

this is the disciple that is really sold out to God------surrenders all to Him------on fire for God

His is willing to serve in any capacity that God wills

• He’s dependable

• He glorifies the Lord

• He has power in his life because he allows the Holy Spirit to have full control of his life


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