Luke 14:26-35 Reasons NOT to be a Disciple July 1, 2012
0. Before becoming a disciple, you should count the cost. Luke 14:28-32
* We are not able to serve God because He is holy: Joshua 24:19-20
* If we choose to serve God anyway, then we are responsible to be Holy: Joshua 24:21-24
1. You would not want to be a disciple because it disrupts your family relationships. Luke 14:26
* You will be hated for following Christ: Matthew 10:21-25
* When loved ones tempt you to stop following Christ, choose God: Deuteronomy 13:6-8
2. You would not want to be a disciple because it leads to persecution. Luke 14:27
* You will be persecuted because Jesus was: John 15:20
* Not only will we be persecuted, but, when we are persecuted, we are supposed to bless our persecutors: Romans 12:14, 1 Corinthians 4:12
3. You would not want be a disciple because it costs you everything. Luke 14:33
* For some people, having nothing is a prerequisite for salvation: Mark 10:21
* Giving God everything is always a co-requisite of salvation: Matthew 16:26
The reasons to become a disciple: Luke 14:34-35
* Answers to the challenges of relationships:
* We can love and influence our non-believing family: Exodus 20:12, 1 Peter 3:1-4
* Answers to the challenges of persecution:
* If we are persecuted with Christ, we rejoice with Him & have His Spirit: 1 Peter 4:12-14
* Answers to the challenges of giving all to God:
* If we give all to God, we will not have to worry about our needs: Matthew 6:30-33
* Advantages of being a disciple:
* We recognize that there is no viable alternative: John 6:66-69
* Ιf we are a disciple, our service is not by our own strength: Zechariah 4:6b

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