Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you always counting the cost? Good, you make a good disciple. II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show what it really cost us to follow the LORD JESUS CHRIST. IV. TEXT: Luke 14:28 (New International V
Are you always counting the cost? Good, you make a good disciple.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show what it really cost us to follow the LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Luke 14:28 (New International Version)
"Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?
Sin is expensive than wisdom, so get wisdom it's cheaper.
What will be the cost?
(Word study: cost) in New International Version (NIV)
A. Author: Luke, the beloved physician
B. Date written: 70 A.D.
C. Purpose: To give connected and orderly narrative of the life of CHRIST as seen by eye witnesses
D. To whom written: Theophilus, an unknown person but internal evidences show it's written for the Gentiles because of explanation of Jewish customs
E. Main theme: JESUS of Nazareth is the Perfect Son of Man
F. Keywords: JESUS, the Son of Man
G. Key verse:
Luke 1:4 (New International Version)
so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Define "cost" in the Bible
What will be the cost?
Cost came from the Greek word:"dapane" meaning "expense" before you "devour"
People always eat, drink and count the cost, they always determine the expense of things. We are always like this because cost is connected with money.
King David has the right heart (attitude), for he said, "I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that COST me nothing"
2 Samuel 24:24 (New International Version)
But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them.
There's always a COST to live, there's no free thing in this world.
1. Cost of sin
Sin has a cost.
Sin will cost you, even costing your life.
Numbers 16:38 (New International Version)
the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the Lord and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites."
Joshua 6:26 (New International Version)
At that time Joshua pronounced this solemn oath: "Cursed before the Lord is the man who undertakes to rebuild this city, Jericho: "At the cost of his firstborn son will he lay its foundations; at the cost of his youngest will he set up its gates."
1 Kings 16:34 (New International Version)
In Ahab's time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord spoken by Joshua son of Nun.
There are people who still want to continue in sin even if it cost their lives and yet will not "pay" for them to come out from sin. What ever the cost? Ask an addict this question "What will you pay to get out from addiction?" and if that addict is sincere to be delivered, he will tell you, whatever the cost, I'm willing to pay, just get me out of this addiction. But to the hypocrite, they're not willing to pay, they will make excuses not to be delivered so that wisdom will not cost them but they've already bought sin.
Sinners does not want to give away money, for it will cost them. They always want a free ride.
Example of rebellious Israel:
They only want free cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic but they don't want to pay for it.
Numbers 11:5 (New International Version)
We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost--also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic.
Example of Philistine leaders:
They only want free services from King David and his men but does not want to pay for the cost.
1 Chronicles 12:19 (New International Version)
Some of the men of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul. (He and his men did not help the Philistines because, after consultation, their rulers sent him away. They said, "It will cost us our heads if he deserts to his master Saul.")
Example of a stingy man:
Always thinking about the cost.
Proverbs 23:7 (New International Version)
for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost. "Eat and drink," he says to you, but his heart is not with you.
2. Cost of wisdom
Even getting wisdom will cost all you have.