September 8, 2019: My Disciple

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Text for Sunday, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019:

Luke 14:25-33

 


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“With good intentions and sincere desires to reach as many people as possible for Jesus, we have subtly and deceptively minimized the magnitude of what it means to follow Him. We’ve replaced challenging words from Christ with trite phrases in the church. We’ve taken the lifeblood out of Christianity and put Kool-Aid in its place so that it tastes better to the crowds, and the consequences are catastrophic.”“With good intentions and sincere desires to reach as many people as possible for Jesus, we have subtly and deceptively minimized the magnitude of what it means to follow Him. We’ve replaced challenging words from Christ with trite phrases in the church. We’ve taken the lifeblood out of Christianity and put Kool-Aid in its place so that it tastes better to the crowds, and the consequences are catastrophic.”
                                                                                                                   -David Platt

“Discipleship does not come first, but grace…it begins with joy over being loved.”                                                                                         
                                                                                                       -Søren Kierkegaard


Pastor's Note

Dear Ones,

What or who do you grasp so tightly that you cannot imagine letting go? How about what people think of you? What if you took a risk and set aside your reputation by showing your neighbors who you really are? Letting people around you know that you are a follower of Jesus could be a wonderful and affirming (by your neighbors) experience or it could expose you to indifference or worse reputational damage.

Loving your neighbor enough to tell them who you really are and who Jesus is to you is risky because it is a way to love. Love always demands a response and you and I cannot control the response of others when we love them.

Nevertheless, it is precisely in those moments of costly risk that Jesus becomes most dear to us. Are you a bit cold spiritually? Does your life lack spiritual power? Maybe you and I are grasping onto something other than Jesus and have become so risk averse, faith means little to us.

Count the cost, but take the risk.

Warmly,
Steve