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God's Winning Team
Theme of the Week: The Call to Courageous Faith
Friday, September 5, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "In the same way, if you want to be my disciple, it will cost you everything. Don't underestimate that cost!" (Luke 14:33, The Voice)

Dig Deeper: Luke 14:25-35

A commitment to [risk all for the gospel] means you're willing to do whatever the Lord wants and makes clear for you. You're no longer pursuing ease and comfort and fun and hedonism and emptiness as your goal. It's all about the Lord, and wholeheartedly serving him wherever we're called to be.

This may mean leaving this country to take the gospel to an unreached people group. Or it may mean [staying put at your job] in a suburban mall, or a thousand other scenarios. No matter what you do on a daily basis, you can rest in this: your walk may not be predictable, but it will be transformative and full of grace. And [it will be filled with] joy that cuts through all the lesser things of this world, leaving you to [experience] the power of God made your own through the cross and empty tomb.

Yes, you and I will battle sin and doubt. But in the end, this isn't a fair fight. Sin can't win when measured against God. Whatever your call and vocation, "counting the cost" and "following Jesus" lead to the same conclusion: compared to the eternal weight of glory, this fading world doesn't have a chance.

The world always loses. God always wins.

—Owen Strachan in Risky Gospel

My Response: I will list the pros and cons of following Jesus. I will then discuss my list with my men's group, small group, or a few close Christian friends.

Thought to Apply: Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.—John Wayne (actor)

Adapted from Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan (Thomas Nelson, 2013; thomasnelson.com). All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, forgive me for times I've been ashamed of my faith or fearful about taking a stand for you. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will boldly follow you wherever you may lead.

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