Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 9
December 6, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<582> Thesis: There is something very important that hinges upon whether a person takes up Jesus' challenge: the preservation of his "pseuche". Introduction: We have been looking into Luke 9 under the thesis that this is a "discipleship" chapter where the issue is "following Jesus". I have adopted this thesis because of the issues involved from the beginning of the chapter to the end. At the beginning, Jesus sent The Twelve forth to do what He had been doing. This was not "optional" for them. It was "do it" or you cannot be My disciple. At the end, Jesus refused to accept the "excuses" put forward for resistance under the demand of 9:60 -- go do what I have been doing. So, the issues are all about whether a person is going to become a "follower of Jesus", or not. In that setting, Jesus' words became very insistent and demanding: If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up a daily cross, and actually "follow" Me. This morning, as we break into the month of our celebration of Jesus' "discipleship" of the Father so that we would have a redeemer, we are going to look into what is at stake.