The Cost of Discipleship

THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

THE GREEK WORD “MATHAYTES” DISCIPLE MEAN “LEARNER OR PUPIL (OR FOLLOWER) ”.

READ THREE PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE RELATING TO DISCIPLESHIP:

LUKE 14:25 – 33 AND GREAT CROWDS WENT WITH HIM. AND HE TURNED AND SAID TO THEM, 26 IF ANYONE COMES TO ME AND DOES NOT HATE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND WIFE AND CHILDREN AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS, YES, AND HIS OWN LIFE ALSO, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. 27 AND WHOEVER DOES NOT BEAR HIS CROSS AND COME AFTER ME, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE. 28 FOR WHICH OF YOU, INTENDING TO BUILD A TOWER, DOES NOT SIT DOWN FIRST AND COUNT THE COST, WHETHER HE MAY HAVE ENOUGH TO FINISH IT; 29 LEST PERHAPS, AFTER HE HAS LAID THE FOUNDATION AND IS NOT ABLE TO FINISH, ALL THOSE SEEING BEGIN TO MOCK HIM, 30 SAYING, THIS MAN BEGAN TO BUILD AND WAS NOT ABLE TO FINISH. 31 OR WHAT KING, GOING TO MAKE WAR AGAINST ANOTHER KING, DOES NOT FIRST SIT DOWN AND CONSULT WHETHER HE IS ABLE WITH TEN THOUSAND TO MEET HIM WHO COMES AGAINST HIM WITH TWENTY THOUSAND? 32 OR ELSE, WHILE THE OTHER IS STILL A GREAT WAY OFF, HE SENDS A DELEGATION AND ASKS CONDITIONS OF PEACE. 33 SO THEN, EVERYONE OF YOU WHO DOES NOT FORSAKE ALL HIS POSSESSIONS, HE CANNOT BE MY DISCIPLE.

MAT 10:35 FOR I HAVE COME TO SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, AND THE DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND THE DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW. 36 AND A MAN’S FOES SHALL BE THOSE OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD. 37 HE WHO LOVES FATHER OR MOTHER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. AND HE WHO LOVES SON OR DAUGHTER MORE THAN ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. 38 AND HE WHO DOES NOT TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME IS NOT WORTHY OF ME. 39 HE WHO FINDS HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT. AND HE WHO LOSES HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE SHALL FIND IT.

JOHN 15:15 – 21 NO LONGER DO I CALL YOU SERVANTS, FOR THE SERVANT DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HIS MASTER DOES. BUT I HAVE CALLED YOU FRIENDS, FOR ALL THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD FROM MY FATHER I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU. 16 YOU HAVE NOT CHOSEN ME, BUT I HAVE CHOSEN YOU AND ORDAINED YOU THAT YOU SHOULD GO AND BRING FORTH FRUIT, AND THAT YOUR FRUIT SHOULD REMAIN; THAT WHATEVER YOU SHALL ASK OF THE FATHER IN MY NAME, HE MAY GIVE IT TO YOU. 17 THESE THINGS I COMMAND YOU, THAT YOU LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 18 IF THE WORLD HATES YOU, YOU KNOW THAT IT HATED ME BEFORE IT HATED YOU. 19 IF YOU WERE OF THE WORLD, THE WORLD WOULD LOVE ITS OWN. BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT OF THE WORLD, BUT I HAVE CHOSEN YOU OUT OF THE WORLD, THEREFORE THE WORLD HATES YOU. 20 REMEMBER THE WORD THAT I SAID TO YOU, THE SERVANT IS NOT GREATER THAN HIS MASTER. IF THEY HAVE PERSECUTED ME, THEY WILL ALSO PERSECUTE YOU. IF THEY HAVE KEPT MY SAYING, THEY WILL ALSO KEEP YOURS. 21 BUT ALL THESE THINGS THEY WILL DO TO YOU FOR MY NAME’S SAKE, BECAUSE THEY DO NOT KNOW HIM WHO SENT ME.

MAT 16:24 – 26 THEN JESUS SAID TO HIS DISCIPLES, IF ANYONE DESIRES TO COME AFTER ME, LET HIM DENY HIMSELF AND TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. 25 FOR WHOEVER DESIRES TO SAVE HIS LIFE SHALL LOSE IT, AND WHOEVER DESIRES TO LOSE HIS LIFE FOR MY SAKE SHALL FIND IT. 26 FOR WHAT IS A MAN PROFITED IF HE SHALL GAIN THE WHOLE WORLD AND LOSE HIS OWN SOUL? OR WHAT SHALL A MAN GIVE IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS SOUL?

JESUS SAID THAT WE CANNOT BE HIS DISCIPLES UNLESS WE:
> HATE OUR FATHER, MOTHER, WIFE, CHILDREN, AND BROTHERS & SISTERS IN COMPARISON OF OUR LOVE FOR HIM.
> HATE OUR OWN LIFE HERE ON EARTH IN COMPARISON TO OUR LIFE IN HIM
> BEAR OUR OWN CROSS & FOLLOW HIM (JESUS) (DENY OURSELVES AND OUR RIGHTFUL DUE)
> FORSAKE ALL OUR POSSESSIONS

IN RETURN JESUS:
> CALLS US HIS FRIENDS (PARTNERS?)
> HE SHARES HIS PLANS WITH US AND INCLUDES US IN THOSE PLANS
> CHOOSES & ORDAINS US TO BEAR FRUIT THAT REMAINS
> ETERNAL LIFE

JESUS REMINDS US:
> THE SERVANT IS NOT GREATER THAN HIS MASTER.
> IF THEY HAVE PERSECUTED ME, THEY WILL ALSO PERSECUTE YOU.
> IF THEY HAVE KEPT MY SAYING, THEY WILL ALSO KEEP YOURS.
> IF THE WORLD HATES YOU, YOU KNOW THAT IT HATED ME BEFORE IT HATED YOU.

HE COMMANDS US TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER!

IT IS UP TO US TO SIT DOWN AND COUNT THE COST!

TESTIMONIALS:
“HE IS NO FOOL WHO GIVES WHAT HE CANNOT KEEP TO GAIN WHAT HE CANNOT LOOSE.” MISSIONARY MARTYR JIM ELLIOTT.

“YEA DOUBTLESS, AND I COUNT ALL THINGS BUT LOSS FOR THE EXCELLENCY OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST JESUS MY LORD: FOR WHOM I HAVE SUFFERED THE LOSS OF ALL THINGS, AND DO COUNT THEM BUT DUNG, THAT I MAY WIN CHRIST” – THE APOSTLE PAUL (PHIL 3:8)

 

 

 

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