The Ridge Church
Hate Your Family
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 a.m. May 19, 2019.
Locations & Times
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  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus

Session 1 God Won’t Forgive This Sin
Session 2 You’ll Never Die
Session 3 Sell Everything You Own
Session 4 Love Your Enemies
Session 5 Let the Dead Bury Their Dead
Session 6 Hate Your Family
Session 7 Exploit Your Friends
The Point

Loving Jesus should be so intense it makes everything else look like hate.
The Bible Meets Life

In the Ten Commandments, God commanded us to honor our parents, but Jesus came and spoke of hating our parents. Since Jesus also told us He did not come to abolish the law (Matthew 5:17), how do we reconcile His words with the Ten Commandments? Rather than be offended by Jesus’ words, the better choice is to look deeper and discover exactly what Jesus was saying about the nature and intensity of our love for Him and others.
The Setting

Jesus was traveling with His followers to Jerusalem, where He would be crucified. Along the way, large crowds gathered to hear Him preach and teach. At one point He announced He had come to bring division rather than peace (Luke 12:51-53). Some people accepted His message and became followers, but some rejected His message. Those who refused His message would be at odds with those who believed in Him, sometimes within the same family
What are some things people start but don’t finish?
How should we understand the instruction to ‘hate’ your family and your own life?

What are the daily implications of following Jesus as a disciple?
What do these verses teach us about the cost of following Christ?

What cost of following Christ seems especially challenging in your current season of life?
How can Christ-followers guard against losing their influence for Christ?

How have others influenced your thirst for God?
Live It Out

Evaluate yourself. Do a self-evaluation. In what areas of your life is compromise evident? If you determine you have not given everything to Christ, pray and make that commitment now.

Influence others. Determine to let your conversations this week reflect your relationship with Christ. “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person” (Colossians 4:6).

Count the cost. Get involved in being salt in your community. Invest your time and energy in helping others to see the love and grace of Christ in you.

Wrap It Up

Jesus knew it was only a matter of time before He faced the cross. He was preparing His disciples to represent Him in a lost world. As His disciples today, we must be ready to give up everything so we can represent Christ where we are.