We must recognize that Jesus' statement is not some isolated or obscure challenge. I suspect we are all in favor of love, hospitality, forgiveness, and nonviolence until we meet the unloveable, the stranger who scares us, the unforgivable act, the one who throws the first punch, or the Samaritan in our life. Jesus is calling us into question and that’s never easy, fun, or comfortable. It’s the road we too have chosen to travel, in principle. It’s great to hear from you Sr. Ann. This is confirmation for the sermon I gave yesterday (lay speaker). He is calling into question the direction of our life, the values we claim to hold, and how we are living and embodying those values. I also know about living “but first” and was preaching to myself as much as to anyone else. Blessings on your preaching. We're sorry, an error occurred. He is asking us to look at ourselves rather than the Samaritan on whom we’d like to call down fire from heaven. But as I look at the world, read the news, and listen to the lives and stories of others, the world is already risky, scary, and crazy. ( Log Out /  Bible> Luke> Chapter 9> Verse 1. Love your neighbor as yourself, love your enemy, welcome the stranger, visit the sick and imprisoned, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give the thirsty something to drink, turn the other cheek, forgive not just seven times but seventy times seven. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. On the one hand we say to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” On the other hand we say to him, “But first let me go and ….” You probably know what that’s like. It’s a way of being in this world, a way of relating to others, a direction for our life. BRIAN BELL- sermons. God told Joshua not to depart to the right or left, but he was to say focused on carefully following the call of God. Well, Jesus didn't actually say, "No," but He challenged their commitment to His cause. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. He ordered them to march to the Cliffs of Dover where they could see every ship, which they had used to cross the English Channel, engulfed in flames. This is why I choose to cover the 3 most basic requirements as Jesus laid it out in Luke 9:23. Imagine a pastor having three church members respond to a challenging sermon about serving Christ and volunteer to work in the nursery, teach a junior high Sunday School class, and clean up after Wednesday dinners. Imagine a pastor having three church members respond to a challenging sermon about serving Christ and volunteer to work in the nursery, teach a junior high Sunday School class, and clean up after Wednesday dinners. And we already know what Jesus thinks about that. Change ). Following Christ is not a "cookie cutter faith" where everybody looks and acts the same. 9:4). Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. When we accept the call to follow Christ we must never look back and never give up. How much playing time would a player get if he said, "Coach I want to play on Friday nights, but I can only practice two days a week because I like to go fishing on Tuesdays and Thursdays?" These men are not identified by name, but they receive the same call as the original 12 disciples. Luke 9; BRIAN BELL- sermons . Whether a student is majoring in premed or engineering, he must take an English or History class. Most of us probably agree with those values. Luke 9:1 Sermons: He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. Thank you for this message. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. We would never accept poor commitment on our jobs or football team, but too many saints offer their own selfish conditions and excuses to Christ every day. All best to you, Ann. As a Lay Pastoral Associate in the Lutheran Church, I was so thankful I didn’t have to preach on this gospel! I want us to turn and lead with our hearts, that deep heart that loves the unlovable, forgives the unforgivable, welcomes the stranger, and gives without seeking a payback or even a thank you. Thank you, thank you! When has it felt like you were being pulled in two directions, the way of Jesus and some other way? Luke 9-56-62 Click for audio Counting the Cost of Discipleship Introduction So far in the ministry of Jesus on earth things have gone pretty well. The Bible contains numerous sad stories of those who rejected Christ and what He offered. But kids don’t always find the same level of excitement or commitment when it comes to Jesus.