Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Take Up Your Cross (Luke 9:23-24)

Have you ever been followed by someone? Was it funny, fulfilling, or creepy? Why?

As a group, list five synonyms for the word, "discipleship". Have people explain why they chose the words they did.

How would you describe the process someone should follow if they want to be a disciple of Jesus? or, explain why a process might not work.

Read Luke 9:23.

What do you think it means to "deny yourself?"

What do you think it means to "take up your cross?"

Why do you think Jesus said to take up your cross DAILY?

What do you think it means to "follow Jesus?"

What does it look to every day deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow Jesus? (give specifics from your life or another person's life)

Is this a command for a brand new Christian, for someone who is ready to take a "next step" in their relationship with Christ, or for all Christians? Why?

What is easy about obeying this verse? What is difficult about obeying this verse?

Read Luke 9:24. What do you think it means to "lose your life?"

After looking at these words from Jesus, what is one thing you want to do differently in your life this week?

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