Don't Give Up Series 1 of 2 - The Cost of Discipleship

Don't Give Up Series 1 of 2 - The Cost of Discipleship

 Trials & Tribulations Series
When I speak about trials & tribulations in this series I am referencing persecution, and affliction due to being obedient to Jesus Christ. Before proceeding I recommend that you read the following: Introduction: Journey to the Promise

    In today's post/video we are going to read and review Luke 9:57-62 but before we do let's lay the foundation. There is a cost to follow Jesus. To follow Jesus means to be his disciple. To be a disciple of Jesus is to be a learner and student of Jesus Christ.

    Mark 8:34-36 "And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?"
    In this video we are going to speak about the "w" word. It's almost a forbidden word to say in church today. This word is works.
    We created a bad doctrine from three words in one verse in John 19:28-30 that says "it is finished." When Jesus said it is finished he meant he fulfilled the Law of Moses, the Law of the Prophets, and the Psalms as stated in Luke 24:44so that all righteousness can be fulfilled as stated in John 3:15, and because Jesus Christ fulfilled all righteousness it allowed for him to offer us the gift of righteousness, by grace through faith, as Paul explains in the book of Romans [Recommended teaching: The Ministry of Reconciliation]. The bad doctrine is that because Jesus Christ did it all on the cross, we don't have to do nothing, which contradicts everything written in the New Testament after Jesus resurrected. Jesus Christ did all that he was going to do on the cross for us in regards to giving us authority to rule over sin, in regards to giving us the opportunity to be born again, in regard to giving us the promises of God such as (righteousness, eternal life, rest, peace, joy, perfect health, protection, provision, and greater works). Thus, Jesus is not going to do what he has already done for us regarding those things. However, Jesus wants us to believe in him that he has given us these 9 promises and he wants us to use the authority he has given us in the name of Jesus Christ to keep the promises. Jesus did not do all for us in regards to working on our behalf so that we can chill and relax on earth in our sins, until we physically die and so that we do not have to work in the Kingdom of God. Remember God through Jesus Christ gave mankind their authority back to use against the enemy. With this authority given to us by Jesus, we are to reign in life through Jesus Christ as kings and priest, while working to bring people into the Kingdom of God [Recommended teaching: Don't Give Up Series 1 of 2 - The Cost of Discipleship].

    There is a difference between works under the Law of Moses and works under the Law of the Spirit. Press play to find out the difference.
    Some people fall away from the faith because they never counted the cost of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. When they went to the altar to be justified they only saw the beautiful church, the smiling greeters, and the half-truth message about grace meaning that the gospel is costless because of the grace of God, and it may have distracted them from focusing on the exchange. Their worldly life, for the life of Jesus Christ, no matter the cost. After a person is justified their soul still needs to be sanctified, if they did not maintain their sanctification upon being justified.

    Luke 9:57-62 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

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