What does it mean?
1. What is Luke’s flow of thought in 9:18-22?
2. Who is Jesus talking to in 9:23-27?
3. What did Jesus mean by, “If anyone would come after me”? What does he mean “deny” our self? What does Jesus mean by “take up” our cross daily? What do we do to “follow” Jesus?
4. How does someone actually “lose” their life while they may be desperately trying to “save” it?
5. But then how do we “lose” our lives for Jesus in order to “save” them?
6. What does someone do to “forfeit himself”? What does it mean to “forfeit” our self?
7. How does someone express being ashamed of Jesus? What is the consequence of being ashamed of Jesus?
8. What motivates someone to “deny” themselves, “take” up their cross daily, and “follow” Jesus, according to Jesus in this text?
9. Jesus says some of the folks with whom he is speaking are going to “see the kingdom of God”? What do you think they saw? When did they see it?
10. How would you paraphrase the big idea of Luke in 9:23-27 in one sentence?
How does it apply?
1. When you read a text like this from Jesus, how do you initially feel?
2. Does is it seem like Jesus might be emphasizing works righteousness? Explain.
3. In what ways do you “deny” yourself in the sense Jesus says we must? How do you take up your cross daily? How do you follow Jesus?
4. How does denying ourselves, taking up our cross daily and following Jesus fit with genuine faith?
5. What actually motivates you to “deny” yourself, “take up” your cross daily and “follow” Jesus?