The Way, Not A Way

Cost of Discipleship

Scott StephanNovember 19, 2023

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Not A Way, But The Way Summary

  • Jesus taught the cost of discipleship with authority as God himself - it's not negotiable or optional.
  • Many sing about "my way" or "your way," but Jesus taught the way, singular.
  • As deity, Jesus doesn't present one of many possible paths, but the path that leads to life.
  • This way of Jesus has always been countercultural and narrow, requiring submission.
  • Today's culture resists authoritative truth claims - we view Jesus' teaching as optional.
  • But the Sermon on the Mount demands a life of obedience across the board to qualify as Jesus' disciple.
  • When Jesus' teaching offends us, we're tempted to abandon the way or compromise.
  • Thankfully, Jesus himself is the way of salvation - he is the gate through which we enter the path of discipleship.
  • By grace we walk the narrow way with eyes fixed on Jesus, trusting in him when we stumble.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think our culture today, including many Christians, resist authoritative truth claims like Jesus makes?
  2. In what areas have you been tempted to view Jesus' commands as optional or negotiable versus binding?
  3. When have you struggled with a "hard teaching" of Jesus and been tempted to walk away because it felt too costly?
  4. How should we understand grace in relation to the demanding ethical teachings Jesus gives?
  5. Why is it important that Jesus is himself the way, not just the teacher of the way? How does this give you hope?
  6. How can we spur each other on as a church community to stay on the narrow way of discipleship despite stumbling?
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