Log Providence Missionary Baptist Church

Est. 1866

Rev. David P. Ballenger , Pastor

Sunday February 16, 2020

Subject: " Counting the Cost of Discipleship"

Scripture: Luke 14:25-35


IV. JESUS’ CHALLENGE FOR HIS DISCIPLES (Luke 9:23-27)here our lesson begins.

Key Verse

“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:27)


I. Introduction

A key element in Jesus’ ministry was the calling of disciples. They would carry out His mission after His departure. Those who want to be His true disciples must be totally committed to Jesus and His cause. This is a very hard lesson for Christians to learn while we are surrounded by a culture of materialism and self-indulgence. For some reason, many Christians are under the impression that serving Jesus should be painless and convenient. But they only offer Him their leftovers of time, talent and energy. In this week’s lesson, we will see that Jesus expects a great deal more from those who would be His disciples. Token service is not enough. Jesus demands total commitment. This will require a singular focus, because discipleship is a lifestyle.


II. Lesson Background

This week’s text happened during Jesus’ final visit to Jerusalem (see Matthew 20:17-19, 29; Mark 10:32-34; 11:1-3; Luke 9:51; 18: 31-34). As Jesus and His disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem teaching and performing miracles (see Luke 13:23), crowds grew and continued to follow Him. He was invited to the home of one of the chief Pharisees for dinner where He healed a man of the dropsy (see Luke 14:1-6), gave the parable concerning those who sought to have the best seats at supper (see Luke 14:7-11), and the parable of the great supper (see Luke 13:15-24). This is where our lesson begins.


III. CALCULATING THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP (Luke 14:25-33)


IV. CHARACTER OF DISCIPLESHIP (Luke 14:34-35


V. Conclusion.

During His earthly ministry, Jesus called some who did not accept His call to become His disciples. Others wanted to be disciples but were not willing to pay the high price of discipleship. This week’s lesson has laid out timeless principles for those who desire to be Jesus’ disciples. Those who answer the call must value the cause above their own security. They must be willing to put Christ first in everything. They must shoulder the cross and accept the risks of following Christ which may even include death. In short, anyone who wants to be a disciple of Jesus Christ must be sold out; totally committed to Jesus and His cause.

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