Take Up Your Cross

CFL Summer

The Narrative of Jesus’ Life

Jesus gives the below teaching after he explains to the disciples how he will go to Jerusalem, suffer and die.

Reading from the Gospel

Matthew 16:24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (ESV)

Sharing your Faith

  • Discuss what you know about Roman crucifixion.
  • What are some of the ways Christians “deny” themselves today?
  • How does being saved “by grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:9) impact how you view verse 27?

Pray for One Another

Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.

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Conversations about Faith & Life is a weekly interactive devotion to equip Christians to live out their faith on a daily basis. It was specifically created for church groups, missional communities, house churches and home schooling. PDF versions of the next week’s CFL are posted Wednesdays on the Resources page of KevinWilson360. It is also posted on the KevinWilson360 blog each Sunday.


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