A Better WayFebruary 21, 2021
A Better Way
-In Luke 14, Jesus uses some circumstances, actions, and even stories to illustrate that God has only ONE way for us to obtain eternal life and gives some concrete specifics on how we are to follow Jesus in this life…God’s way is the way!
-When it comes to eternal life and true discipleship, you can’t have your cake of doing it your way and expect to “eat” the blessings of eternal life that comes only in God’s way.
-5 categories where God’s Way is different than our own way tends to be and see how Jesus points us to a truly better way:
I. is Better than Religion (Luke 14:1-6)
-Love that stems from a relationship with Christ rests in the fact that Christ has already fulfilled all that we could not fulfil in the keeping of the Law.
-Jesus us from the necessity of religious work for right standing with God and opens the door for us to love others for His sake.
II. Humility is Better than Self-Promotion (Luke 14:7-11)
-A high view of one’s self prevents a humble reception and submission to our Savior, Jesus Christ…and remember, JESUS is the WAY to God…we don’t get to choose our own path to get to God.
-First & foremost, it takes humility to trust Jesus alone for right standing before God and then, and only then, will humility out into the rest of life’s journey.
III. -Driven Care is Better than Gain (Luke 14:12-14)
-Gospel-transformed people look to see the Gospel transform people!
-This life is not about earthly gain–its about being rightly related to our Creator for all of eternity.
IV. Reception is Better than (Luke 14:15-24)
-If anything causes you to reject God’s invitation to eternal life in Christ, what are you really gaining?
-Jesus’ way is far better than man’s way.
V. Fervency is Better than Flippancy (Luke 14:25-35)
-4 considerations that are intended to lead to a Christian life of usefulness and fruitfulness in this journey:
1. Jesus is our primary (26)
2. Jesus gives grace in hardship (27)
3. Jesus calls us to sacrifice (28-33)
4. Christless focus is (34-35)
*Christ gave His all for us and has called us to fervent, not flippant following of Him during this part of the journey.