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True Discipleship (Luke 14:25-35) - 5/5/24


  • Previous verses… Who is invited and who is coming into the  Kingdom?

  • The cost of discipleship.

  • Multitudes were following him.

  • Attraction is not the same as discipleship.

What is a disciple?

A saved person who is learning to live under the Lordship of Christ.

  • Following & Learning

  • I do not follow to get…I follow because I have already been given. (Not what He is going to do, but what He has done)

  • Love Christ and Love the things that He loves

  • Following with Passion, Purpose, Persistence

  • Acts 11:26

A disciple is someone:

  • that has accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord

  • that is growing daily in their relationship with Him

  • that is serving Him by their involvement and ministry within the fellowship of His Church

True Disciples love Jesus more than anything else – v. 26

Above family and self

  • Hate…Not in the general since… lesser love.

  • Love Christ more

  • Value, importance, attention.

True Disciples bear their own cross – vv. 27-33

  • Deny self – v. 27

  • Obedience. Following after.

  • A life of sacrifice (Time, Talents, Treasures)

  • Give up…our plans, ambitions, desires

  • Give Him our best… not our left overs

Two Illustrations – vv. 28-32

  • Tower, King in battle

  • Consider what is at stake

  • What commitment is needed

  • Anticipating the future. Continuing on

33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple

True disciples continue on – vv. 34-35

  • Salt.

  • Preserves… Enhances.

  • Salt that is not salt… is useless.

  • John 15:1-7

The What Now

  • We need to check the genuineness of our repentance and faith.

  • Have we counted to the cost. Have we given the Lord our all.

  • In our desire to see people saved we can be guilty of lowering the expectation of following Christ.

  • It is easy to say that “I believe in Jesus” Conversion is when we say we believe and we live for Christ.

  • Saved now…disciple later

  • As a true believer are we growing daily as a disciple?

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