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Sermons From The New Testament. The Cost Of Discipleship Text: Luke 14.26,27…33 “Third Time’s The Charm” A Negative Sermon… What You CANNOT Be: Christ’s.

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1 Sermons From The New Testament

2 The Cost Of Discipleship Text: Luke 14.26,27…33 “Third Time’s The Charm” A Negative Sermon… What You CANNOT Be: Christ’s Disciple

3 What Is A Disciple? Definition: “Learner, Pupil; To Learn, Understand, Appraise, Increase And Practice” “Thought Accompanied With Endeavor” “Acceptance Of The Views Of One’s Teacher & Adherence To Them”

4 Disciple Or Christian? Not All Disciples Are Christians… But All Christians Are Disciples! Not All Disciples Are Apostles… But All The Apostles Were Disciples!

5 Disciple Or Christian? Depends Upon The “Discipline” To Which You Adhere One May Follow A Martial Arts Discipline… A Pacifist Discipline… A Certain Philosophical Discipline… Or Be A Certain Man’s Disciple: John 9.28… Matthew 9.14

6 Acts 19.1 What Did Paul Find? Certain Disciples! Of Whom? Verse 4: Paul Either Corrected Or Reminded Them: These Were Disciples Of John Or Jesus But Were They Christians? Not Until Verse 5

7 No Christians Yet… When Jesus Was Teaching The Cost Of Discipleship… The Church Was Not Yet Built One Must Become A Disciple Before They Become A Christian “International Churches Of Christ” (Discipling Ministry; Crossroads) “Christians Must Be ‘Discipled’” DEAD WRONG!

8 Qualifications? John 8.31— Abide In Christ’s Word John 13.35— Love Each Other John 15.8— Bear Fruit For God From Our Text: “Hate” Father, Mother, Wife, Children, Brothers/Sisters, Your Own Life” Language Of Exaggerated Contrast Parallel To Matthew “Love Less; Set Priority”

9 Qualifications? Jesus’ Point: Neither Family Nor Your Own Personal Preferences May Interfere With Your Following Christ!

10 Next Qualification? Bear Your Own Cross… Not “The Old Rugged Cross” That Belonged To Jesus Your Own Cross Is Not… Things You Suffer Illness Poverty Persecution But: Willingness, Priority, Death To Self And This World Of Sin Romans 6.11…Galatians 2.20…6.14

11 Is Willingness Enough? No! Take Up Your Own Cross… AND COME AFTER ME! Some Seem Willing… But Never Get Around To It! Grammar Demands That This Cannot Be Done “By Proxy” YOU Must “Pick Up To Remove The Obstacle And Get In Line Behind The Master”

12 What Else? Count The Cost… Literally: To Use Pebbles Or Abacus To Compute Expenses Weigh It In Your Mind… Consider All That Is Involved (This Implies First Learning What Is Involved…Must Know Some Things) Words Indicate: To Consume Resources

13 Examples: Lay A Foundation (Verse 29) Where You Begin… Matthew 7.24 What You Are A Part Of… I Corinthians 3.11 Ephesians 2.19,20

14 Another Example: Going To War (Verse 31) We Are At War… Ephesians 6.12 II Corinthians 10.3 I Timothy 6.12

15 Then What? Christ Must Have Priority Before All Those You Know… Before All That You Are… And EVERYTHING YOU HAVE! (Verse 33) God & Christ Must Come Before Everything… Matthew 6.33

16 What’s With The Salt? Just As Salt Without Savor Is Worthless… So Is A “Disciple” Who Will Not Put Christ First Both Are Good For Nothing... And Will Be Cast Out!

17 What Then Is A Christian? One Must First Be A Disciple (A Learning Follower) Believing That Jesus Is The Son Of God… Willing To Confess That Fact… Willing To Turn From Sin And Error… Willing To Be Baptized Into Christ

18 ARE YOU A DISCIPLE? IF SO…

19 ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN?


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