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14. I WILL FOLLOW YOU (Luke 9:57-62)

  1. There are three people in this text who are calculating the cost of following Jesus. In which situations have you done the same?
  2. Why didn't Jesus simply say to the first man: "Welcome to my company!" (vs.57-58)?
    • What did Jesus want to say to this man with his answer in vs. 58?
  3. How would you react if the only thing Jesus promised you was the life portrayed in verse 58?
    • Why did Jesus have to lead a life portrayed in verse 58 although he was the Son of God?
  4. What were the priorities of the second man (vs. 59-60)?
    • Compare the priorities of the second man with those of your own.
    • Which priorities would you like your children to choose in such a situation?
  5. How can the death of a family member bind us so much that we think we are not able to follow Jesus?
  6. What was the real reason why the third man wanted to visit his home once more (vs. 61-62)?
    • Why didn't Jesus want to allow him this little consolation?
  7. How do you think the lives of these three men would turn out if they chose to stay behind? What if they chose to proclaim the kingdom of God?
  8. In many cultures, including that of Jesus' day, showing respect to one's parents is the most important thing for a son to do. Why does Jesus here go against his own culture?
    • Jesus also taught the importance of honoring one's father and mother. How can we reconcile this text with that commandment?
  9. Do you think young people in our churches are warned about the hardships of following Jesus in the way Jesus warned these three?
  10. What do you have to do if you realize that you are unfit to serve in the kingdom of God?

GLAD TIDINGS: While speaking these words Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. He didn't look back after having put his hand to the plow, but walked resolutely towards his suffering and death. He was fit for the kingdom of God - perhaps the only one who ever was. And he was fit for it, not for his own sake, but for ours.

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