Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Luke 9.23-26 Following Jesus

Summary: Losers are winners? Following Jesus determines who the winners and the losers are. Do not let “following Jesus” become a cliché. What does it really mean to be a Christ follower? What does it look like to be a Christ follower?

1. A. Jesus said repeatedly, “Follow Me.” What does our passage say about that? Luke 9:23-26

B. What clear three-part statement is made in verse 23? Luke 9:23

2. A. What is the context of our text? Luke 9:18-22

B. Last week we were challenged to ask three people, before Easter, the question, “Who do you say that I am?” Share your experiences.

C. What happens as soon as the person of Christ is really understood? Luke 9:20-22

3. A. After His person and His work are understood, what then? Luke 9:23

B. “Deny” yourself. How strong a term is this? John 13:38, Acts 3:14, 7:35, Hebrews 11:24

4. A. What does it mean to “take up his (our) cross daily?” Luke 9:23, I Corinthians 15:31, Acts 20:24

B. We might say something like, “We’ve all got our crosses to bear,” referring to the common troubles of life that everyone has, including unbelievers. But for Whose sake are we called to lose our lives? Luke 9:24, Mark 8:35

5. A. Deny self, take up your cross, and __________ _____. Luke 9:23, 5:11, 18:43, John 1:43, 21:19-22, Mark 1:17

B. What does it mean to follow Jesus? Luke 9:24, 14:26-27, 17:32-33, Matthew 10:37-39, John 12:24-26

C. What is He really saying in Luke 9:24? What are we really called to lose and what do we gain when we lose it? Luke 9:24-25, John 1:4, 10:10

6. A. Suppose you had what most people are living for, money, fame, popularity, and achievement. Suppose this really brought happiness and fulfillment. What would the “shelf life” of all this be? Luke 9:25, 12:16-21

B. Are you selling your very soul for that which does not last? Luke 9:26, John 12:42-43

C. Which would you prefer: a lifetime of being shamed in this life or having “the Son of Man be ashamed when He comes in His glory?” Luke 9:26

7. What did Jesus have to do for the salvation of your soul? When will all this become perfectly clear? Luke 9:26, I Thessalonians 4:16-18, Acts 17:30-31, Hebrews 2:11, 11:16

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