He Said What? Part 1: Unless You Renounce Everything You Cannot Be My Disciple (Luke 14:25-33)

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Sermon Notes

Salvation is a free gift, but following Jesus will cost you everything! It may cost you your earthly possessions, it may cost you your earthly relationships, and it may cost you your very life.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer once famously said that “our earthly possessions dazzle our eyes and delude us into thinking that they can provide security and freedom from anxiety. Yet all the time they are the very source of it.”  Francis Chan also said that “God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.”  We must understand that being a disciple means that whatever else is in our life comes in at a far second priority.  We are not called to hate our family in the way we understand hate; we are to hate them in the way that we place them and their needs behind Christ and his will.  At times choosing Christ will look like we’ve rejected those competing for his position.  We must choose Christ; nothing else matters in the long run.  As Jim Elliot put it; “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”