by Stan Coffey

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The Culture of No Commitment (3 of 7)
Series: Living by Faith in a Culture of Fear
Stan Coffey
Luke 14:25-33

This morning if you have your Bible I invite you turn to Luke 14:25. We will speak today on the subject ''Why No Commitment?'' On the theme of fear of commitment in the series of ''Living By Faith In A Culture Of Fear.'' Everyone is afraid today; in fact the number one concern among women in the Presidential Election 2004 is the war on terror and keeping their family safe. Which candidate can best keep their family safe is the number one issue among women in America. We are living in a culture of fear.

One of the greatest fears we have is the fear of commitment. Many of you who were in Life Groups this morning talked about fear of commitment. And you talked about perhaps mainly the fear of committing to marriage, the fear of committing to relationships, the fear of lifetime commitment and the importance of commitment to children and to marriage and other kinds of relationships, commitment to church and your church relationships. Now we are going to talk about commitment to Christ.

Many disciples were following Jesus. In fact, multitudes were following Jesus. They had seen the miracles that Jesus did. They were attracted to His miracles. You will find in the gospel of John that when He fed the 5,000 which actually was about 15,000 counting women and children, that people were following Him because of the food that He gave them. People will always come for free food. If you give away free food, you are always going to have a crowd. So they were coming for the free food.

And yet when Jesus began to teach hard teachings, John records that from that time, many people turned away and they walked no more with Him. He began to talk about commitment and the crowds thinned out. And that is what happened here in Luke's gospel as well.

Luke 14:25-26 ''And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, if any man come to me, ...

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