Jesus tells the crowds that if they want to follow him, they need to count the cost in advance. The journey of discipleship is more costly and more lengthy than most of us anticipate. Baked into Jesus parable is another diagnostic question, however: what has it cost you to follow Jesus? If it hasn't cost us anything, then we need to assess whether we actually followed through on our commitment to follow him.
The Story(ies) of Jesus - Part 14 - Costly
March 8, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder • Luke 14:25-35, Cost of Discipleship, Cross, Jesus, Costly, Freedom, Grace, Resources
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Fourteen
Jeremy Mulder • July 26, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
We celebrate the birth of Jesus so often that we end up missing the greatest miracle in Scripture–that the Son of God took on flesh in the person of Jesus. So what do we believe about this birth? Does it really matter that Mary was a virgin? Only if Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit can we trust that, unlike us, he is truly sinless–and only if he is sinless can he mediate on our behalf and change our condition of sin.
Ancient Answers - Lord's Day Thirteen
Jeremy Mulder • July 19, 2020 • Jeremy Mulder
What does it mean that Jesus is God's "only Son"? And if Jesus is our brother, how does that benefit us? The Catechism continues to talk about our positional status in the kingdom of God: that because Jesus traded in his position for ours, we can trade in our position for his.