09-08-2019 Sermon - The Cruciform Shape of Discipleship

As Jesus addresses the crowds who followed him he spoke of the cost of discipleship. It is clear he was not selling anything. When one tries to sell something they only speak of the upside. In the lesson this morning Jesus not only addresses the downside, but he addresses the difficulties involved in following him that are simply overwhelming. But Jesus was not selling anything. He was pointing the way. We will discover that only he can bear the cost, and he does so on our behalf. But that does not mean that we won't bear the cost as well! But as we are not able to bear the cost in our own strength, he will have to bear it in and through us. The good news is that it won't depend on us. The difficult news is that this is not an easy or painless path, but it is the only path that leads to life...