The Comfortable Cross

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Series: Not a Fan
Sermon: “The Comfortable Cross”
Scripture: Luke 9: 57-62
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler

Scripture and questions for study and reflection:

1. Read Luke 9:57-62. There are three different scenarios taking place in this passage. Discuss the following scenarios and your initial responses: What did Jesus mean when He said, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head”? What do you think the man’s request to go bury his father really means? What does Jesus mean when He said, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”?

2. Describe how looking back at or stepping back into your old life without Christ can be detrimental to how God wants to use you in the kingdom right here and right now.

3. What are some things in life that distract us from serving or following Christ? When we give into our distractions, what are we saying about following Jesus? What are examples in your life when you’ve told God, “first let me go do this”?

4. In what ways have you sacrificed personal convenience or even physical comforts to be Jesus’ disciple? What might God be calling you to sacrifice this week to prioritize living for His kingdom?

5. How have or would you answer Jesus if He said, “Follow Me”?

Prayer for the Week:

Lord Jesus, forgive me when I've put my own priorities in front of yours. I've treated you more like a servant or an equal than my Lord and Savior. Forgive me for that and have mercy upon me. Please help me to answer when you call upon me, making no excuses. Help me to hear you when you call my name, help me to obedient to your requests and please give me the courage and strength to be the disciple you called me to be and a disciple you can count on. I’m giving you all the praise and glory, Lord. It is in your name I pray.

Amen.