Week One – Day 3

Radical Study; week one:

Ok, so as you can guess, we are still going over “Do we believe Christ is worth abandoning everything for?”

So far we went through Hoarding (day 2), devotion (day 2), bearing our own cross (day 1), and what Jesus meant by hate (day 1).  Today we are covering The cost of following Christ.  There will be questions for you to answer here so be on your toes!

  1. What does it take to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?  What do you think are the requirements of discipleship?  Did you answer that?  Then go ahead and read Luke 14:25-33.The Cost of Discipleship

    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.

    Now compare your thoughts of what it takes to be a disciple, and what the Bible says.  Go ahead and make a new list based solely off the gospel.

    bubbles

    Now, lets continue… go ahead and get a blank sheet of paper.  Draw a circle in the middle of it.  Put the word “you” in it.  Just like the diagram above.  Now, using that circle, think of all the people you have a relationship with, and categorize them.  You can now draw bubbles with these categories in them and draw lines to them.  Ok, when you are done with that, rank those categories.  Now, we move on to the next question:

  2. If we really get honest with one another, where does Jesus fit in this ranking?Lets now look at verse 26 from your print outs or Bible.

    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.

    Now, why do you think Jesus used such harsh language here?  Well, lets go back to day one.  Hate is not a absolute word, but a relative term.  So all these categories are suppose to go below Christ.  As we had gone through on day one, Jesus’s point was that a true disciple ‘s devotion to Him would make all other relationships seem like hate.  Think about when David Platt talked about talking people out of following Christ.  You see, earlier in Luke, when people were asking to follow Jesus, and how did Jesus respond to these people?  David Platt stated; (page 7-10)” Jesus was simply and boldly making it clear from the start that if you follow Him, you abandon everything…even your family.”

    Now, lets look at the next image:

    cross

  3. What types of things immediately come to mind whenever you see this symbol?Thought about it?  Here is something I want you to ponder on: 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.  So, when you look at that verse, the way first-century Romans who lived under Roman law saw the cross is nothing like how we see the cross today.  Now, most of us connect “carry his cross” with Jesus on His way to Golgotha to be crucified.  This is the type of picture Jesus was conveying because following Him means that we must die to ourselves.  Letting go completely of all of our desires… our pursues in life to fully embrace what He wants for us.  Our lives do not evolve around our wants any longer… it evolves around Christ.Yesterday we went over and read Puddles of tears… today we are going to read where we left off, “A Different Scene.” Pages 6-7.
    1. Why is it so often the case that we become our own greatest hindrance in following where Christ desires to lead us?Got your answer?  Dying to ourselves is not a one time thing where we “get saved”  No, this is a ongoing thing.

      Aspiration                                                   Goal

  4. What differences exist between an aspiration and a goal?Ok, got your answer?  An aspiration is most often something a person desires or hopes to have happen at some point in his/ her life whereas a goal is a result towards which a person is currently actively striving.  Now, lets reread verses 28-32.Reread verses 28–32.  Being a disciple of Jesus is not something we sit around and wait to magically happen one day. Rather, it is an outcome toward which we must make a plan and consider the cost involved.  When a builder builds a building, does he draw out a plan and evaluate the costs?  If he just dove into the building, he would never be able to fulfill his goal.
  5. According to these verses what are some of the costs to be considered?Choosing to follow Christ at any cost is an essential decision we each must make before we even take the first step.  As you have read from Day one till now, it is not a decision to make lightly…
    David Platt acknowledges that the cost of following Christ can certainly be high, but also shares a realization he had in India: The cost of our not following Christ is high for those who do not know Him at all because it often means we are distracted by our own selfish pursuits from carrying the gospel message to those who have not heard (pp. 14–15).Now, I am certain that some of you have thought of some radical goals and such from throughout your life… but We all have dreams, but being a follower of Jesus is literally the ultimate goal of our lives.Now consider what restraints currently exist that keep you from reaching your goal of following Jesus.  In my life, I know a lot of things stop me, like my Mother who I love who wants me to play it safe.  However… when you look at this question, I must also decide, should I not follow my Lord to please my Mother?
  6. When Jesus says anyone who does not give up everything cannot be His disciple, what does He mean by “everything?”The process of “giving up” means relinquishing all control.   I must give my all to Christ, even if it costs me my family… friends… because my love for God, Christ, is so strong, that all of the rest of my relationships look like hate in comparison.

David Platt explores the value of this type of commitment by imagining what it would be like if we literally lived the parable of the treasure in the field. He concludes that, in this picture, Jesus is someone worth losing everything for (pp. 17–18).

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