Let's Talk About Following Jesus

by Paul Bonner

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

Today, let's talk about...

RISE AND SHINE

 

Luke 9:22-25

He said, “The Human One must suffer many things and be rejected—by the elders, chief priests, and the legal experts—and be killed and be raised on the third day.”

23 Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me. 24 All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who lose their lives because of me will save them. 25 What advantage do people have if they gain the whole world for themselves yet perish or lose their lives?

Key Verse:

Jesus said to everyone, “All who want to come after me must say no to themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow me.” —Luke 9:23

 

Commentary:

Following Jesus is no joke. Great responsibility comes with wearing the label of Christian. Jesus’ disciples were not to use their lives on earth for their own pleasure; they were called to spend their lives serving God and others. To shoulder one’s cross meant carrying that cross to the place of crucifixion. For the disciples it meant identifying completely with Christ’s message, even if it resulted in death.

Following Christ in this life may be costly and require sacrifices, but in the long run, it is well worth the pain and effort. As each new day begins with the rising and shining of the sun, so we must choose each new day to live in a way that allows God’s light and love to be revealed through our intentional choices and acts of service.

 

Questions to discuss:

How do you feel about this Scripture passage?

Why do you think Jesus said this to his crowd of followers?

 

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