Parables

Luke 14:27-35

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Read Luke 14:27-35

27 Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28 For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.

34 “Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? 35 It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, [p]let him hear.”

Transformation Questions:

  • What is the image Jesus is trying to paint for the disciples when He tells them in vs. 27, “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple…”?
  • What does it mean for a Christian or a church to lose their saltiness?
  • Have you ever seen a Christian lose their saltiness?
  • What’s the danger in a Christian or Church losing their “saltiness”?
  • Is there a time in your past you have been influenced by a group of people to lose your saltiness? How did you know you were no longer representing Christ and pursuing the mission of God? 
  • In your opinion, do most people know the weight Jesus puts on becoming his disciple? Do they know he tells them to really stop and consider the cost before following Him? Is this different from invitations you have heard at church functions in the past?
  • Why is it important to tell people to count the cost before they choose to follow Jesus? What negative effect could that have on a person?
  • Have you ever witnessed someone say they would follow Jesus, but then when they realized it meant that they needed to change things about themselves they walked away because they did not count the cost?
  • How can you bring saltiness to your environment, your job, school, home, etc. this week?