In Luke 14, Jesus uses strong rhetoric to make sure that no one can budge from answering this question: are you worshiping your relationships as a god or receiving them as a gift? Jesus is saying, “I am not an additional relationship. Rather, I am the relationship that takes precedence over all others.” Christians don’t come to Jesus to get prizes; we come to Jesus as the prize. He then calls us to “bear your own cross and come after me”, making sure we realize the seriousness of our sin and that we are to start putting our relational-idols to death. We have to realize that all of our relationships are terrible gods but at the same time terrific gifts. Are you worshiping your relationships as a god or receiving them as a gift?
Luke 14:25-27 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”
1. Was there anything from the sermon or the big idea that stood out to you or challenged you? Was there anything new? Was there anything confusing?
2. What stands out to you in Luke 14:25-27 and why?
Christians don’t come to Jesus to get prizes; we come to Jesus as the prize.
3. In what ways do people seemingly come to Jesus to get prizes instead of coming to Jesus as the prize? In what areas have you had to repent from coming to Jesus to get prizes rather than simply coming to him as the prize?
We have to understand that Jesus is not an additional relationship. Rather, he is the relationship that takes precedence over all others.
4. Which relationship(s) do you most struggle with looking to them as a god rather than receiving them as a gift: Yourself, Friends, Parents, Children, Spouse? How is Jesus a far greater God than any of those relationships? Try and be specific, explaining your answer.
Jesus calls us to “bear your own cross and come after me”, making sure we realize the seriousness of our sin and that we are to start putting our relational-idols to death.
5. Which sins are you currently killing? How can your Community Group pray for you and help you put your sin to death?
6. Spend some time praying for one another, praying for the lost, praying for your city, and praying for God to provide for the future church plant in Checotah.
Colossians 3:1-5 “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Therefore put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
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