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Cost of discipleship
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The denial of self-interests and desires, and a total commitment to do the will of God, even to the point of death.
The cost of discipleship involves a denial of self-interests and desires
The cost involves self-denial
(NASB95) — 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
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(NASB95) — 38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
(NASB95) — 27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
Self-denial means not living for oneself
(NASB95) — 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself;
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(NASB95) — 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
(NASB95) — 20 “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
(NASB95) — 2 so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.
The cost of discipleship is to be carefully considered
(NASB95) — 28 “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and consider whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace.
The cost of discipleship means total commitment to the will of God
Total surrender is required
(NASB95) — 33 “So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.
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(NASB95) — 7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,
The security of the world is to be resisted
(NASB95) — 19 Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Jesus Christ must have first priority
(NASB95) — 59 And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.”
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(NASB95) — 16 And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” 17 And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” 18 Then he said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 19 Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
(NASB95) — 18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
Jesus Christ must come before family ties
(NASB95) — 61 Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”
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(NASB95) — 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.
(NASB95) — 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.
The cost of discipleship is constant
(NASB95) — 23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
The cost of discipleship includes persecution
(NASB95) — 20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
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(NASB95) — 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”
(NASB95) — 12 Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.
The cost of discipleship includes willingess to suffer and die for Jesus Christ’s sake
(NASB95) — 38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.
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(NASB95) — 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 25 “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
(NASB95) — 25 “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal.
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