January 28, 2017 Sermon: Requirements of Discipleship
A sermon by Pastor Laton Smith from Plantation SDA Church on January 28, 2017.
The key text for the sermon is: Luke 14:25-35
The Cost of Discipleship 25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Salt Without Taste Is Worthless 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Lk 14:25–35). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
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Pastor Laton Smith was an Associate Pastor at Plantation SDA Church during his time at Plantation.
Pastor Laton Smith's journey into ministry began at the age of 8 when he preached his first sermon after the death of his father. He graduated from William A. Kirlew Jr. Academy and enrolled at Greater Miami Adventist Academy, there he played sports and participated in the Student Association. While at GMAA he realized the seriousness of his calling. After graduating GMAA he attended Southern Adventist University. In 2008 he graduated from Southern Adventist University and was given the opportunity to continue his education at Andrews University with a sponsorship from the Florida Conference of SDA to pursue a Master's of Divinity.
He is currently the senior district pastor of the Kendall and Homestead SDA Churches. In August of 2016 he joined his life with his wife Itzel Smith and celebrates the fact that when we let God choose he chooses the best.
His hope is that everyday he can inspire people to see that everyone has the potential to become a leader through there God given purpose.