Count the Cost

Count the Cost

Text:
Title:Count the Cost
Speaker: Pastor Greg Pollak

Introduction:

Context:

  • Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem for the last time leading up to his death and resurrection
  • Jesus is very serious and speaking of heavy things
  • Now He turns to the cost of discipleship
  • Is it possible that there are those that claim to be disciples, are not really
    • Yes!
  • A great multitude is following Jesus at this point.
    • They are still trying to figure out who Jesus is
    • Mix of genuine disciples and non-disciples
  • is a passage about determining who is a true disciple of Christ.
    • Jesus is calling for true disciples. ()
    • Evangelism 101
    • An invitation to be saved.
    • A broad multitude of people that are being called to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ
  • Can’t Jesus just save me from my sins and let me get on with my life?  Answer: No!

Sermon Outline:

5 Marks of a Genuine Disciple of Christ

  • The True Disciple Loves Jesus First –
    • Jesus calls us to love him more than anyone else including ourselves.
  • The True Disciple Will Take Up the Cross –  a
    • A cross was understood to symbolize suffering, loneliness and death.
    • The cost of discipleship can be great, it can lead to great suffering, loneliness and death in this life.
    • The world does not understand.
    • A true disciple of Christ will take up his cross no matter what the cost.
  • The True Disciple will Follow Christ.
    • Follow Christ and what He said and what He did.
    • We demonstrate to everyone what the Savior means to us to a lost and dying world.
  • The True Disciple Counts the Cost –
    • Counting the cost you weight your life in comparison to what the world has to offer
    • What does it mean to renounce all that he has?
      • Doesn’t mean you have to sell everything you own.
      • “Renounce” – say farewell
      • Everything we have is just being a steward of on loan from God
      • Everything we have is being a steward of it for God to use for His glory
  • The True Disciple Knows the Mission 
    • The mission is to glorify Christ and make Him known to an unbelieving world.

Small Group Questions:

  • Is it possible that someone who says they believe in/follow Christ is not a truly saved individual? Explain your answer with Scripture if possible.
  • Read .  What does it mean to hate family and self in this verse?
  • What does it mean to “bear his own cross” to be a disciple of Christ in .
  • Share how you “follow” Christ.
  • Read .  Is there anything in your life you have yet to “renounce” as a follower of Christ? Why are you holding this thing/these things so tightly?
  • speaks of the mission of a disciple of Christ. What is the disciples mission and how do you practically carryout the mission in your life?

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 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. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (ESV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (ESV)

23 Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. (ESV)

23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (ESV)

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, (ESV)

25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 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. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (ESV)

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. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (ESV)

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. (ESV)

31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. (ESV)

27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (ESV)

20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (ESV)

28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (ESV)

33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (ESV)

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (ESV)

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. (ESV)

27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. (ESV)

33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. (ESV)

34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (ESV)