Chapter # 4 Paragraph # 5 Study # 5
January 7, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<310> Thesis: Jesus, as a disciple-maker, was discerningly committed to the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. Introduction: Now that a few days have passed since the turning of the year, it may well be a good time to consider how this year will be spent. To be sure, unless we die unexpectedly, it will be spent somehow. And, just as surely, it will be spent within the context of the inescapable "competition of values " that attend all the days of our lives. Nothing is done that does not embrace the value of that which motivates it and, simultaneously, deny the value of that which would prohibit it. Therefore, there is always going to be this question: Whence the value that drives? And, likewise, there is the next question also: Is the value that drives, valuable ? In the text before us this morning we are told that Jesus was faced with such a "values" issue. We are also told what His decision was.