Upon your initial reading, what are you hearing from this passage?
μισέωmiseō; from μῖσοςmisos(hatred); to hate:—hate(13), hated(12), hateful(1), hates(12), hating(2). Is Jesus really saying here that we should hate our family and ourselves? Genesis 2:21-24, 44:20; Ecclesiastes 9:9; Malachi 2:15-16; 2 Corinthians 12:14; Ephesians 5:22-33, 6:2; 1 Timothy 5:8; Titus 2:4-5 (side note: Logos says this term could also mean to love less).
In what other instances has Jesus used hyperbole in His teaching? Matthew 5:29-30, 19:24; Luke 6:29, 41-44 Why do you think He teaches in this way?
Why do you think loving Christ supremely is a requirement for following Him?
How might the context figure in this bold statement? verse 25
We might love other people more than we love Jesus. What happens if we do? Verse 26
What does Christ mean when He requires us to “carry our cross?”
How would you explain this “cost of discipleship” idea to a non-Christian friend? How would you explain the “up side” to giving up everything for Christ?
According to Luke 14:29-30, why is it crucial to consider the cost of discipleship?
What do you see that is similar from the two parables?
In the first story about building a tower, what should the person do initially? What if he doesn’t? What point do you think Jesus is making about being his disciple?
What does it mean to give up everything? ἀποτάσσωapotassō; to set apart, take leave of:—bidding … farewell(1), give(1), say good-bye(1), taking … leave(1), taking leave(1), took leave(1).
What is the message behind the last two verses about tasteless salt (Luke 14:34-35)? How does it tie the message together?
What is there that keeps you from following fully?
Can a person be a believer and not a disciple? Why or why not?
If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
How does loving Christ first allow us to love others more like Christ?