Summary: This is the first in a series of sermons adapted from David Platt's "Radical" Series.
What the Gospel Demands
Text: Luke 14:25-34
This morning I want to talk to ya’ll about something that the Lord has been laying on my heart for some time, it’s just that I didn’t have a clear picture of it. And I think that it’s pertinent and relevant, and very important for us as Christians today to understand what we’re going to be going over the next few Sundays.
And I’ll say right now; that what I’m going to be preaching on the next couple of weeks might make you feel a little uncomfortable… maybe not, but it might. I can also tell you that it’s probably something you wouldn’t hear in most churches. Not because it’s wrong, or unbiblical… quite the contrary. It’s very biblical… you wont hear it because it’s unpopular! But it’s my hope and prayer that in preaching this series of messages, that we as believers, and we as a collection of believers… as a church, will be challenged to move forward in our service to the Lord.
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How many of you know that our culture can often times dictate our way of thinking? Think about it. Did you know that in some places, men with big pot bellies are considered more desirable than men who are fit and athletic looking? In some cultures the man with the most tattoos on his face is the most desirable man in the village. I’m sure you’ve all seen the National Geographic shows where women and children are only partially dressed, but no one seems to have any problem with that in those cultures. Our culture; and any culture can influence the way we see things, the way we view things, and the way we understand things.
So what about the culture we find in the Bible? In this text that we just read for example, how did Jesus’ culture understand the words that Jesus had just said to them? And how do we view it and understand it? Do you think maybe our cultural understanding can cause us to marginalize, minimalize, and misinterpret the meaning of Jesus’ words? I think so, and I think it does. Probably more than we realize. And sometimes I wonder if we believe in what is taught from the pages of the Bible, or if we just believe our cultures rendition and spin on what is taught in the pages of the Bible. Does the Bible shape our thinking or does our thinking shape our understanding of the Bible? Do we believe what the Bible teaches?
Because here’s the thing; if this book is true, then it has radical implications for our lives. Just this text that we’ve read, has radical implications for our lives… and for our church, and for THE CHURCH as a whole.
I mean; look at what Jesus is saying here. He’s basically saying, “You can’t call yourself a follower unless you’re willing to give up everything.” Granted; He may not call you to give up everything, but are we willing to if He did? And so the question is: Do we believe this Book?
I want us to look at a couple of things that jump out at me from this passage today and we’re going to be looking at them from a question standpoint. .