Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 10
December 13, 2009
Lincolnton, NC

<584> Thesis: Where is the "profit" in refusing Jesus' invitation? Introduction: We have been looking into Jesus' explanation of the price of discipleship. We have seen that He draws a hard and firm line that actually divides the experiences of "joy" and "grief". We have also seen that there is no place for "bargaining" or "qualifying". In our study last week I attempted to explain that Jesus' warning about "saving and losing" and "losing and saving" centers upon the condition of a person's experience of fruitful relationships in their ability to yield the joy of Life. It was my argument that the crux of the "saving/losing/losing/saving" terminology has to do with which relationship(s) are "saved" or "lost". If a person seeks to "save" his relational self by refusing to become a practicing disciple, his relationship with Christ will be lost in terms of any real interaction. But if a person is willing to "lose" his relational self by self-denial, cross-bearing, and actively practicing Jesus' teaching [and make no mistake: the damage this will create in relationships with other human beings in this fallen world is very real], his relationship with Christ will grow in quality and substance. This morning we are going to pursue the negative alternative by looking into Jesus' "question of profit".