Blake Coffee and Tony Diamond taught on Sunday, January 12. The video and listening guide from that lesson, followed by the scripture, are below. Blake had a technical issue, so the video from his class is not available.
Core Lesson (Tony Diamond)
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A Matter of Prioritization
It’s not that Jesus was promoting hate for family…couldn’t be further from the truth. He was making a clear point about prioritizing who we are to love most. Taking away excuses and allowing us to fully accept the responsibilities of following him without interference.
Did you originally prioritize Christ first? Do you now?
The True Cost of Discipleship
The cost of discipleship is certainly measured in what you have to give up to follow. But it’s also measured in what you give up if you don’t follow.
What have you sacrificed to follow Christ? What have you seen others sacrifice by not following Him?
Salt doesn’t lose its potency—it’s diluted. In the process, becomes of little or no use. Christ followers often suffer the same effect in their lives, which negatively impacts their witness and evangelism.
What can we do to assure that our salt is full strength?
Luke 14:25-35 (New International Version)
25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’
31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”