Cost of Discipleship

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Cost of Discipleship

This is Rev. Marnie Leinberger’s sermon from Sunday, September 8, 2013. The scripture is Luke 14:25-33. In our service we read from the New Revised Standard Version and from The Message, a modern interpretation by Eugene Peterson. We read both with the hope that our understanding will be enriched.

This is from The Message:
25One day when large groups of people were walking along with him, Jesus turned and told them, 26“Anyone who comes to me but refuses to let go of father, mother, spouse, children, brothers, sisters—yes, even one’s own self!—can’t be my disciple. 27Anyone who won’t shoulder his own cross and follow behind me can’t be my disciple. 28“Is there anyone here who, planning to build a new house, doesn’t first sit down and figure the cost so you’ll know if you can complete it? 29If you only get the foundation laid and then run out of money, you’re going to look pretty foolish. 30Everyone passing by will poke fun at you: ‘He started something he couldn’t finish.’ 31“Or can you imagine a king going into battle against another king without first deciding whether it is possible with his ten thousand troops to face the twenty thousand troops of the other? 32And if he decides he can’t, won’t he send an emissary and work out a truce? 33 “Simply put, if you’re not willing to take what is dearest to you, whether plans or people, and kiss it good-bye, you can’t be my disciple.

The New Revised Standard Version can be found here.