The Weight of the Cross

Cost of Discipleship

Scott StephanSeptember 17, 2023

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Passage: Luke 14:25

Weight of the Cross

Summary

  • Bonhoeffer said every Christian has a cross appointed by God - some to highest form of martyrdom.
  • The call to "carry our cross" is unpopular - it doesn't fit our desires for comfort and ease.
  • Jesus' words about the cost of following him are almost anti-evangelistic - he is deliberately repelling superficial followers.
  • To be a disciple means total relinquishment of the throne in our lives over to Jesus as Lord.
  • Carrying our cross doesn't mean Jesus didn't die for our sins - but it does mean dying to self every day as we follow him.
  • The "treasure" of knowing Christ compels us to give up everything to gain him.
  • Jesus knows we will stumble in discipleship at times - but perpetual compromise and lukewarmness makes us useless, like salt that has lost flavor.
  • His message sets forth the cost and reward very clearly - now is the time for decision.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think the call to "carry our cross" is so unpopular today? What makes that truth difficult for our culture?
  2. In what ways have you compartmentalized your life from fully submitting everything to Jesus as Lord? What holds you back?
  3. How would you describe what it means practically to "die to self" every day? What does this look like?
  4. When have you been compelled to sacrifice or suffer loss because of the treasure of knowing Christ? How did he prove worth it?
  5. Why can we sometimes slip into seasons of compromise or lukewarmness in following Jesus? What restores passion?
  6. How can we spur each other on as a church community to embrace the cross versus shrinking back when it feels too costly?
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