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2015

Cost of Discipleship

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Cost of Discipleship

 

There is a cost to everything - 

There is nothing free in the world.

A price is paid for everything

    Money, Blood, Sweat, Tears

“No free lunch” “Freedom isn’t Free” - You have all heard Phrases like this before.

Cost - There is a laying down of something, a giving up of…

Disciple - Means to learn, follow, be trained, be disciplined - as in both training and punishment.

If you want to learn something - it comes with a cost/price.

If you want to change something in your life - it comes with a cost/price.

Discipleship comes with a cost!

Disciple is used in the NT first with the original 12 followers - Apostles

 - Paul states that Christians were first called Apostles/Disciples

 Jesus modeled the proper way to make Disciples then went to heaven and left us “the Christians”  1 commandment - GO!

GO and make Disciples!

If you call yourself a Christian then you are hereby commanded to GO and make disciples.

Jesus said to do it - He is looking for progression Not PERFECTION!!

Luke 9:23-24

23Then he [Jesus] said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

 

Summarize:

God welcomes us all into His Kingdom but in order to get into it, it comes with a cost.

The ultimate price was paid when He sent his son to die on the cross. Now he is asking us, telling us to give tribute to that death and go and make disciples for the Kingdom.

In this passage we see three things Jesus tells us we need to do in order to successfully fulfill our mission here on earth.

 

Cost of Discipleship

  1. Deny Yourself
  2. Take up Your Cross
  3. Follow Me!

 

1 - Deny Yourself

    It is NOT SAYING

    - Live in poverty

    - Get rid of your car

    - Eat Bread and water 

Jesus was talking about renouncing the unholy trinity (Me, myself and I)

He wants us to get in the mind frame of become last and putting others first.

Think about every sin you committed - rooted from selfishness

     Adam and Eve - Selfishness

We want what we want and we want God to bless it.

We need to repent from this mind frame. Repentance is turning from our selfish ways. THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE DAILY!!

Denying ourselves is the hardest part of this entire process.

It can only be done by God’s grace - You cannot do it alone!

 

2 - Take up your Cross

This phrase literally speaks of a crucifixion. 

It means something needs to die.

The cross today carries a different meaning then it did back in 1st century Palestine. - We think of Necklaces and pendants - Paintings and sculptures.

The symbol of the cross is so familiar to us today that it has lost it meaning, even if we have the right perspective.

You have heard the phrase - “We all have our crosses to bear”

        Yes we all have hard times but we must remember that there is no cross harder to bear than the cross that Jesus bore for us.

 

To the disciples the cross was a horrid thing. They knew that it meant pain, torture, and death.  The Romans perfected this idea of nailing people to the cross.

Jesus up’d the ante on the disciples when He told them to pick up their cross. They were not thinking  - put on a necklace or statue. They were thinking - This is going to hurt!!

The cross represents mission and purpose. Jesus bore a cross to serve us.

If you are a Christians sitting here today You have a mission.

Wherever you are, work, play, shop, eat….That is your mission field.

YOUR MISSION IS YOUR CROSS!!

Give up your rights and God will enact a plan in your life. No matter what you have been through or are going through.

Take up your cross means to die - Die to yourself - Die to your selfish nature and put on the Armor of God, Clothe yourself in righteousness.

Romans 6:1-4

  1What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

    There is no Christianity without a cross.

What have you died for lately?

3 - Follow Jesus

This does not imply, indicate or suggest that we, as Christians, have a standard to follow. BUT…instead a person that desires us to follow him!

We are called to follow a person who came, died and rose from the dead and is currently sitting on the right hand of God interceding on yours and mine behalf. 

Look at each disciple, they dropped what they had and followed Jesus.

Jesus - Follow me - they did!

Why? Why follow Jesus!

The purpose for following Jesus is to reorientate yourself.

Reorientate your mind, heart, your way of life - This is why we call the Bible the handbook for life. If you orientate yourself to following Jesus you cannot do anything but be blessed!

When you orientate yourself to following Jesus you are allowing Him to take you from where you are to where he wants you to be.

So we are called to:

- Deny Ourselves

  • Take up Our Cross
  • Follow Him
    How?  

1 Way 2 parts!


 
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