The Cost of Discipleship

The Cost of Discipleship

Agendas; Ours vs God’s — Mk 8:34  Jesus called the crowd to him with his disciples saying  and said: “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me.” 

God Equips and Prepares us for His Agenda — Matt 11:28-29  Jesus said “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  

Sacrifice, Worship, and Transformation — Rom 12:1-2  Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is; His good, pleasing and perfect will.

Encounters with Jesus; Two Different Outcomes (Wealthy Young Man in Lk 18:18-27, and Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10) 

Some Historical Examples;  Daniel, Jeremiah, Sir Thomas More, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The Good News;  Discipleship’s Awesome Blessings — God’s presence within us forever!  Jn 14:23  Jesus answered and said  “If anyone loves Me, he will follow My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling with him.”  AWESOME !!