Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 11
January 10, 2010
Lincolnton, NC

<586> Thesis: "Self denial" requires that we refuse to allow anything to keep us from identifying with Jesus in every situation. Introduction: Before our Christmas break, we were looking into Jesus' declaration of the issues of being one of His disciples. We saw in our studies that Jesus set the stage for discipleship in terms of a three-fold pattern: self-denial, daily cross-bearing, and active pursuit. We had also looked into two of the three issues that would keep a person from embracing the three requirements. Those two were "seeking to save one's soul" and "seeking to gain the whole world". This morning, in our return to the text, we are going to look into the final issue of the three that Jesus believed would keep people from being His disciples: being "ashamed of Him".