The next value of Process Church that we’ll examine is this idea of Following Jesus. I have conducted dozens of interviews with people who consider themselves “outside the church”. In a majority of those cases these same people have shunned church not because they didn’t care for Jesus, but had a difficult time with people that say they follow Jesus. So for our purposes, we want to examine questions like… Which Jesus are we even talking about? What does it mean to follow Jesus? How is following Jesus different from following anyone or anything else? What changes when I follow Jesus?
The passage we’ll dive into this week is Luke 14:25-35. Luke will challenge our thinking on what following Jesus really looks like. Let’s answer these questions to get the heart of what following Jesus is about…
1. Why did Jesus say we must hate others & even ourselves to be his disciple – v.26?
2. What did Jesus know about the way we view our relationships – v.26?
3. What did Jesus know about the way we view ourselves – v.26?
4. What do you think “carry(ing) your own cross” entails – v.27?
5. What is behind this idea of “counting the cost” – v.28?
6. What is the negative effect of not “counting the cost” – vv.29-30?
7. Do you think v.33 is meant literally? If not, how do you take it?
8. As it relates to following Jesus, what is the salt spoken of in vv.34-35?
9. Understanding that definition, is it possible to not be salty enough? What would that look like?
10. Understanding that definition, is it possible to be too salty? What would that look like?
11. How do you determine your own level of saltiness?
12. What relationship does saltiness have to following Jesus?
For some extra insights follow the link to this commentary… Luke 14:25-35.