Because they had really never known what Bible Christianity is. Christ asks you to give up nothing that will injure you. Enlisted-Part 2. Brother, you are counting the cost. (3)Corruptions to be mortified.2. II. Luke 4:21. No spiritual duty can be performed without a Divine influence.4. 11/24/2013. A few weeks ago I did a play on words sermon titled Cross-Contamination. EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD CONSIDER THE MATTER SO WELL AS TO COUNT THE COST. They, at any rate, are sensible of the cost, and are settling down to count it. Requires exertion of all the strength we have, and every day fresh supplies out of the fulness of Christ. 3. Call us at 888-634-2038. There are others whose religion is simply the religion of tradition. Such, for example, is Charles the Fifth's palace at Granada, the Kattenburg at Cassel. They cannot do this great sum correctly. That same faith must be our helper and ready-reckoner when we sit down to count the cost of being a true Christian. He must take pains and trouble, if he means to run a successful race towards heaven. Luke 1:1-4. This scene is so identified with the birth of our Lord, that is has been banned from display in public places because it might offend those who do not believe it ever happened. HENRY ALFORD. Let all from hence be exhorted to count the cost before they begin to build, and not expose themselves by their inconsiderateness to the reproach of men, either to the grief of the godly, or to the contempt and scorn of the wicked. Nov 10, 1980. Select options. It is the religion of Athens rather than the religion of Jerusalem —the religion of painters and of poets, rather than the religion of thinking and intellectual minds. They that would be Christ's disciples shall see to it that they present no such Babels to the ready scorn of the scornful; beginning as men that would take heaven by storm, and anon coming to an end of all their resources, of all their zeal, all their patience, and leaving nothing but an utterly baffled purpose, the mocking-stock of the world; even as those builders of old left nothing but a shapeless heap of bricks to tell of the entire miscalculation which they had made. That same faith, is to be had. ALL SERMONS LISTED APPEAR IN EXACT ORDER ON SERMON PAGE (Text in Parenthesis) 1. That faith which made Noah, Moses, and St. Paul do what they did, that faith is the great secret of coming to a right conclusion about our souls. There is another religion which is equally false; and that is THE RELIGION OF MERE FORM. Now, I answer — this will not be sufficient to keep you steadfast. The Spirit of God must afford him His continual aid, and Christ's strength must be made perfect in his weakness. Luke 17:11-19 Hymns; PARA NUESTROS AMIGOS HISPANOPARLANTES. Luke 19.11-27 Small Group Leader’s Guide – I did not write this, but it is used by our small groups at Mission Hills as the “Pulpit Curriculum”. But then set down side by side the following sums which I am going to give you. And our wait for a savior is almost over. 28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 4. No Room at the Inn Luke 2:1-7 . So far as we know, our operations have wakened no one's envy, and provoked no one's hostility." Do this fairly and correctly, and I am not afraid for the result. The Power of Faith To Save — Luke 18: 35-43 vs.42. To part with them is as hard as cutting off a right hand, or plucking out a right eye. WHEN GOD DOES NOT SEEM TO ANSWER OUR PRAYER Luke 1 INTRODUCTION Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. II. II. But note that it is God who finds all the materials. Luke 1:28-30. Sermon Outline – The document that I took to the stage to preach. I'm using the term from the perspective of examining things through a spiritual lens. The Christian will consider beforehand the certain and necessary expense. And when the choice has to be made, as it sometimes has even here and now, there can be but one course which he recognizes as right; it is to choose the side and the service of the holy Saviour; meekly bearing the heavy cross of domestic severance; earnestly praying for the time when the human authority will be reconciled to the Divine; faithfully believing that the sacrifice which is thus entailed will bring with it, in Christ's own time and way, a large and abundant recompense (Mark 10:28-30). Such service is slavery; such duties drudgery; and such a religion is a ceaseless and perpetual penance, and not "righteousness and peace in the Holy Ghost.". His apostles explicitly enjoined filial obedience (Ephesians 6:1). Luke Sermons Home » Luke Sermons. 2. They may rage loudly, and compass sea and land to work your ruin; but they cannot destroy you. They fancy it consists in nothing more than a so-called " coming to Christ," and having strong inward feelings of joy and peace. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Where this caution and circumspection is neglected, it is an instance of egregious folly, and will expose to universal shame and contempt.(B. WHAT SORT OF A TOWER THE CHRISTIAN BUILDS. 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. The Time is at Hand. They had never been taught to "count the cost.". It may be called a tower, because the Christian builds for another world. 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ You do not belong there. Browse Sermons on Luke 14:28-30. To the labour and expense he is at, he will oppose tim benefits and advantages hoped for. You may possibly be blamed by man, but you will have the praise of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. III. Because he is not able either to begin, nor to build, or lay one stone by his own strength; and if he knows not this, or does not utterly despair of any power or ability of his own, he will never be able to finish, and then men "will mock him," etc. 10/28/2012. The cost of which we are speaking relates to what we are to expect. If we would follow the Saviour, we must bear our cross. Making mention of "a tower," I cannot but think that the Lord intended an allusion to that great historic tower, the mightiest and most signal failure and defeat which the world has ever seen, that tower of Babel, which, despite of its vainglorious and vaunting beginning, ended in the shame, confusion, and scattering of all who undertook it (Genesis 11:1-9). grace" (James 4:6). Get your church set-up with online giving, sermon streaming, and more in under 24 hours. Where this caution and circumspection is neglected, it is an instance of egregious folly, and will expose to universal shame and contempt.(B. There is another kind of expense which such a one will also take into account, not only what it will cost him, but what — if I may be allowed to use the expression — it must cost God, before He can finish his work. Salem Media Group. Your enemies at most can only bruise your heel. The foundation and materials of it are both lasting. This reprehends all rash and inconsiderate persons, who, through some sudden flash of zeal (which may prove like a lava flood) set out in a visible profession of Christ and the gospel. The happiness that Christ gives to His people is something solid, lasting, and substantial It is not dependent on health or circumstances. V. There is another religion which may be called, THE RELIGION OF SENTIMENT. 3. Count up and compare, for another thing, the trouble that true Christianity entails, and the troubles that are in store for the wicked beyond the grave. Sin shall be east out. Luke 14:25-33 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters—yes, even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? All rights reserved. 3. 3. To the labour and expense he is at, he will oppose tim benefits and advantages hoped for. But is this the beautiful, the blessed, the happy religion of Jesus? A sermon on Luke 1:1-25, 57-80 by Coty Pinckney, Desiring God Community Church, Charlotte, NC, 12/4/05 II. 6. Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Proud member 12/8/2013. Luke 14:1-24 Table Talk; Luke 14:1-14:35 THE LOWEST PLACE More. III. St Luke's Episcopal Church Join us live for morning prayer every Sunday in Advent. It's time for cross-examination. Luke 15:11-32 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Lost Son. Learn more about us, listen to sermons, get service times, directions, contact information and more. This isn’t a large-group discussion. This spiritual building may be called a tower, because a Christian is a soldier, and this building is to be his fortress; and if he builds on Christ, or rightly upon the only foundation, he need not fear all the gunshot of Satan, sin, the flesh, and the world, though he must expect to be battered severely by these enemies. 1. When I stand behind the pulpit, I’m not having a dialogue with the congregation. He who has the smile of the ungodly, must look for the frown of God. It is a great building, a great war. Such, for example, is Charles the Fifth's palace at Granada, the Kattenburg at Cassel. But like a flash in the dark, it doesn't last. You may possibly lose something in this world, but you will gain the salvation of your immortal soul. Scripture: Luke 1:1–2:52. VI. Far better, do you say, to be a consistent man of the world than an imperfect professor of religion — like him who began the tower, and was not able to finish? The cross is the way to the crown. 3. SIX DIVINE ELEMENTS IN THE BELIEVER'S LIFE (Selected) 4. 2. Your Friend is able to save to the uttermost all them that come unto God by Him. A gradual work. There was something about Mary that struck God. WHY, WE SAY, IS IT EXPEDIENT FOR THOSE WHO PROPOSE TO BECOME CHRISTIANS TO "COUNT THE COST"? It is a work of labour and difficulty. For one brief shining moment we see the scene with which we've been familiar since our Sunday school days: the colt, the cheering crowds, the coats lining the road, and the mysterious man riding the colt into the sacred city. II. The Spirit of God must afford him His continual aid, and Christ's strength must be made perfect in his weakness. Beddome, M. But it is only for a few years. He must gradually proceed until he reaches heaven. WHY WE STRAY (Acts 20:28-29; Amos 8:11) 2. Apr 8, 2013. III. You do well to count it. Well, this sermon was not just eight words long. Luke 1:5-23, 62-64. On the one side of you is the enmity of the devil and the wicked. WISDOM SUGGESTS THAT WE SHOULD COUNT THE COST. )LinksLuke 14:28 NIVLuke 14:28 NLTLuke 14:28 ESVLuke 14:28 NASBLuke 14:28 KJVLuke 14:28 Bible AppsLuke 14:28 ParallelLuke 14:28 Biblia ParalelaLuke 14:28 Chinese BibleLuke 14:28 French BibleLuke 14:28 German BibleLuke 14:28 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Conflict with spiritual enemies. All rights reserved worldwide. 4. And you feel, do you, that it is a risk that you cannot honestly face? Jesus the Son of God, the Son of Mary The Gospel Coalition 2013 National Conference. )LinksLuke 14:28 NIVLuke 14:28 NLTLuke 14:28 ESVLuke 14:28 NASBLuke 14:28 KJVLuke 14:28 Bible AppsLuke 14:28 ParallelLuke 14:28 Biblia ParalelaLuke 14:28 Chinese BibleLuke 14:28 French BibleLuke 14:28 German BibleLuke 14:28 CommentariesBible Hub, (3)Corruptions to be mortified.2. He must be content to go to heaven as a poor sinner saved only by free grace, and owing all to the merit and righteousness of another. And that is better than the conduct of the man who complacently offers God a service that costs him nothing, and perseveres in his presumption, or of the man who rashly begins what is costly, and then desists. This religion is nourished by all the beautiful and the romantic. II. It will obviate a sense of ridicule and of shame (see the context). Grace makes a visible change in the temper and conversation. False professors are universally despised. (3) He must part with all his former companions, and expect they will mock and deride him, and may be his own wife also. Have you ever heard the song called, “This song is just eight words long”? Luke 14 Commentary; GREG ALLEN. III. The present blessings of true religion are worth all the cost. Enlisted-Part 1. If you possess a farthing that is your own and not your master's, Christ is not your master. Because he is to believe in Jesus Christ, i.e., to build on Him. Sermon Luke 1:26-38 The Lord Is With You. The Scotchman must have strong arguments; the Irishman must have eloquent appeals; and the Englishman must have hard matter of fact. For want of "counting the cost" myriads of the children of Israel perished miserably in the wilderness between Egypt and Canaan. To this he will add the possible and contingent expense. Patient continuance in welt-doing. Four Looks At The Gospel of Jesus Christ — Luke 18: 31-34. And in the next place let me add, there is THE RELIGION OF INTELLECT. 16th Sunday after Pentecost “Parable of the Cost” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I must mortify the flesh with its affections and lusts, denying myself anything and everything which would grieve the Saviour, or would prevent my realizing perfect conformity to Him. IV. They that would be Christ's disciples shall see to it that they present no such Babels to the ready scorn of the scornful; beginning as men that would take heaven by storm, and anon coming to an end of all their resources, of all their zeal, all their patience, and leaving nothing but an utterly baffled purpose, the mocking-stock of the world; even as those builders of old left nothing but a shapeless heap of bricks to tell of the entire miscalculation which they had made. And why? 6. There are many persons who are not thoughtless about religion: they think a good deal about it. I. DISALLOWS PARENTAL TYRANNY. Create your website today. 1. It is a scene that is unmistakable. The Time and the Room for Calculation in Religion, On the Folly of Profession Without Forethought, The Religious Life Exceeds Human Resource, The religious life exceeds human resource, On the folly of profession without forethought. Making mention of "a tower," I cannot but think that the Lord intended an allusion to that great historic tower, the mightiest and most signal failure and defeat which the world has ever seen, that tower of Babel, which, despite of its vainglorious and vaunting beginning, ended in the shame, confusion, and scattering of all who undertook it (Genesis 11:1-9). Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? It will cost a man the favour of the world. The connection of a Christian with the Saviour is not merely that of a disciple with his teacher; it is the relation of a subject to his prince. 1. But as we will see the coming of the savior is dependent on one person's obedience to God. 2. 4. But thirdly, a word in closing to this very class, — the backward and reluctant. 3. II. 1. His money pays for all. Set down honestly and fairly what you will have to give up and go through if you become Christ's disciple. The text for today’s meditation is taken from the Gospel of Luke, the 14th chapter starting at the 25 vs., and reads as follows: NKJ Luke … The Christian is a spectacle to world, angels, and men. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica. Our sins are often as dear to us as our children: we love them, hug them, cleave to them, and delight in them. Select options. IV. Luke 14:28-30 NKJV. 2. Sermon. They cannot make up their minds that it is worth while to serve Christ. A visible work. For want of "counting the cost," hundreds of professed converts, under religious revivals, go back to the world after a time and bring disgrace on religion. Men who are the creatures of strong and impetuous emotion, subscribe to a creed, if I may use the expression, on the spur of the moment, and because they feel profoundly, they think they are convinced, and that the creed which they adopt is demonstrable and necessarily true. For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’, Scripture quoted by permission. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 1. - C. I. People often accept the religion of those they love, and with whom they associate. 2. A durable work. NKJV: New King James Version. "One is your Master, even Christ.". DISALLOWS FILIAL WORSHIP. A. He must account how rich, how strong, and able he is in Jesus Christ; and if He knows that Christ is his strength, he counts the cost aright; and if he depends wholly, constantly, and believingly upon Jesus Christ, he need not fear but he shall have wherewith to finish this famous tower, i.e., the salvation of his precious soul.Application: 1. The circumstances under which these words were spoken will explain the strength of the language used. But much as the human parent may have been to him, and strong as are his claims, the Divine Redeemer is more, and his claims are stronger still and stronger far. True, again; but is your state of hesitation therefore defensible? 2. If you want to discuss something, we can go out for a Coke and we’ll talk for a while. Christ does not ask you to do anything that He has not done Himself. But their great defect is that they are not "rooted and grounded" in their faith. They cannot make the result so clear as it ought to be. His sermon was not just eight words long (actually nine in the Greek). 3. The Lord who created him (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16); who redeemed him with his own blood; who sought and found and restored him; who has made him an heir of eternal life; - this Lord, who has been upholding him by his power, and who is the one Hope and Refuge of his soul, has claims upon his obedience to which even those of a human parent are utterly unequal. By His gospel, and by His Son, God has "called us, not to uncleanness, but to holiness"; so that he that despiseth the precepts of purity, despiseth not man but God. Where this caution and circumspection is neglected, it is an instance of egregious folly, and will expose to universal shame and contempt.(B. Not only what it must, but what it may, cost him. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? Our Lord himself severely condemned the perversity of the Pharisees, who contrived to evade filial obligations by sacred subtleties (Mark 7:9-13). Then the words of Jesus Christ have a literal application; then the convert has to pass through the most severe and trying of all conflicts; he has to weigh one authority against another; he has to make a decision which will cause grief and wrath to one whom he would fain please and honour. Yet you shall not miscarry for want of money to finish, if in all your wants you go to Him by faith and prayer. No lazy life. The Home of Grace to You. Luke 14:28–30 28 For which of you , desiring to build a tower , does not s first sit down and count the cost , whether he has enough to complete it ? Not a few, I am well aware, are ever "halting between two opinions." The cross is the way to the crown.5. 3. He must be careful over his time, his tongue, his temper, his thoughts, his imagination, his motives, his conduct in every relation of life. Half-hearted Christians, half-hearted religious men, may not be scoffed at in the public streets to their faces, but they are common butts of ridicule behind their backs. 5. Because also wrapped up in the glory of this night is the knowledge that when this baby grew up, his teaching and preaching, the glorious upheaval that this birth foretold; would draw the attention of the authorities. Unreserved surrender of all to Jesus. And really we have had no experience of the difficulties of which you speak. Not only what it must, but what it may, cost him. You will go to the house of God because your conscience would torment you if you did not do so. Enlisted-Part 3. Luke 19 is like that. To this he will add the possible and contingent expense. 2. An outside robe; not the inner life. If it diminishes the number of those who make a public and solemn profession, this will be more than retrieved by the superior character of those who make it. He must count it no strange thing to be mocked, ridiculed, slandered, persecuted, and even hated. Christ — the foundation of doctrinal, experimental, and practical' religion. 2. 1. Making mention of "a tower," I cannot but think that the Lord intended an allusion to that great historic tower, the mightiest and most signal failure and defeat which the world has ever seen, that tower of Babel, which, despite of its vainglorious and vaunting beginning, ended in the shame, confusion, and scattering of all who undertook it (Genesis 11:1-9). They like what seems to be popular; they can be Christians in the mass, but not Christians when insulated from others. Not only what it must, but what it may, cost him. And, lastly, there is another religion which will still more surprise you when I say that it also may be a religion that will not stand — THE RELIGION OF CONSCIENCE. They counted not the cost — what corruptions they must mortify, what temptations they must withstand, what reproaches they must expect to meet with, what enemies they may find, and what relations they may enrage and stir up against them. It is a time of watching and praying, fighting and struggling, believing and working. Our sum total will be without error. THE REASONS WHICH SHOULD DETERMINE OUR ADHERENCE TO CHRIST, NOTWITHSTANDING THE COST WHICH ATTENDS IT. In order to be a disciple it is necessary, in the concerns of conscience, to renounce every authority but that of Christ. Luke 3:7-18 What Should We Do? By The Rev. (1) Infinite wisdom is the contriver of it. WHY COUNTING THE COST IS OF SUCH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO MAN'S SOUL. It is to elevate the human above its lawful level. It never leaves a man, even in death. Select options. Luke 14: 25-33. 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