English Worship 9.4

“We gather each week for Christian worship and fellowship, following a historic tradition that unites people of diverse backgrounds by the sharing of the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

We are glad you are here, from wherever you are – rejoicing in the hope of our Savior Jesus!

Below, please find our Sermon audio, bible readings and some songs. Set some time aside today if you are able, either alone or with some friends or family, and enter into an intentional time of worship with our God. May He bless you today and may you know that Jesus is always with you! 🙂

 “Your Way of Life” 

Do you really have to give up everything to follow Jesus? Money? Work? Family? Today in worship we hear a heavy challenge from Jesus as we count the cost of following him. We know that he himself gave up everything for us. His grace he gives us changes our relationship with our money, work, family, and world so that we are free in him!

Bible Readings 

Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 Today I offer you life and prosperity or death and destruction. 

16 This is what I’m commanding you today: Love the Lord your God, follow his directions, and obey his commands, laws, and rules. Then you will live, your population will increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you’re about to enter and take possession of.

17 But your hearts might turn away, and you might not listen. You might be tempted to bow down to other gods and worship them. 

18 If you do, I tell you today that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live for a long time in the land that you’re going to take possession of when you cross the Jordan River.

19 I call on heaven and earth as witnesses today that I have offered you life or death, blessings or curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants will live. 

20 Love the Lord your God, obey him, and be loyal to him. This will be your way of life, and it will mean a long life for you  in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

Luke 14:16-33

16 Jesus said to him, “A man gave a large banquet and invited many people. 

17 When it was time for the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, ‘Come! Everything is ready now.’

18 “Everyone asked to be excused. The first said to him, ‘I bought a field, and I need to see it. Please excuse me.’ 

19 Another said, ‘I bought five pairs of oxen, and I’m on my way to see how well they plow. Please excuse me.’ 

20 Still another said, ‘I recently got married, and that’s why I can’t come.’

21 “The servant went back to report this to his master. Then the master of the house became angry. He told his servant, ‘Run to every street and alley in the city! Bring back the poor, the handicapped, the blind, and the lame.’

22 “The servant said, ‘Sir, what you’ve ordered has been done. But there is still room for more people.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go to the roads and paths! Urge the people to come to my house. I want it to be full. 

24 I can guarantee that none of those invited earlier will taste any food at my banquet.’ ”

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus. He turned to them and said, 

26 “If people come to me and are not ready to abandon their fathers, mothers, wives, children, brothers, and sisters, as well as their own lives, they cannot be my disciples. 

27 So those who do not carry their crosses and follow me cannot be my disciples.

28 “Suppose you want to build a tower. You would first sit down and figure out what it costs. Then you would see if you have enough money to finish it. 

29 Otherwise, if you lay a foundation and can’t finish the building, everyone who watches will make fun of you. 

30 They’ll say, ‘This person started to build but couldn’t finish the job.’

31 “Or suppose a king is going to war against another king. He would first sit down and think things through. Can he and his 10,000 soldiers fight against a king with 20,000 soldiers? 

32 If he can’t, he’ll send ambassadors to ask for terms of peace while the other king is still far away. 

33 In the same way, none of you can be my disciples unless you give up everything.

 Sermon 
 Prayer 

Spend some time in prayer with our Heavenly Father. He asks us to pray, to talk with Him. Like a father and his child. Bring to Him your problems and your difficult situations. Bring to Him your hopes and desires. Praise Him and give Him thanks for all He’s done. 

Share your life with Him, 

because He loves you.

Go in peace and serve the Lord!

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