by Stan Coffey

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Discipleship (12 of 14)
Series: Unshakable Truth for Uncertain Times
Stan Coffey
Luke 14:25-33

Today we're looking at Luke chapter 14:25-33 and we're looking at the Bible doctrine of discipleship. Discipleship is that ongoing process in our life of growing to be like Jesus. A disciple is one who is like his master. Once we come to know Christ we are to follow Christ. You remember that Jesus called twelve disciples to follow him. He took aside twelve men and they were to be with him day and day out in his ministry. When Jesus left the earth and went back to be with the Father, he left in the hands of his disciples the work of evangelizing the world and carrying on the ministry that he started when he was on this earth. Now the disciples in turn left the work in our hands. So, today we have in our hands the work that Jesus began so long ago. So let's look at this important lesson today. ''Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 'If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sister - yes, even his own life - he cannot be my disciple.''' Let's stop right there and ask the question - does Jesus want us to hate, in the sense of that word, our parents? Well we know that the Bible says that we are to love one another. Over and over again in scripture the Bible says that God is love. Jesus here is using the language of hyperbole. This is a linguistic device used by speakers down through the ages to get a point across. It's the language of comparison. What he's saying is our love for Christ must be so great that our greatest love for any person would look like hate in comparison to our love for Him.

He goes on to say that not only must our love for him be so great that our love for our parents even would look like hate, even our love for our own life could look like that. If our love is not supreme for him then we cannot be his disciples. ''And anyone who does not carry his cros ...

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