Summary: Is Jesus worth the Cost of Discipleship?

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“Radical” Session 7 – Friday April 12, 2013



• It’s been over 4 months of laying brick by brick foundation to get us to this point where we can finally start this year’s book, “Radical”.

• I hope that through our study of the importance of sharing the Gospel and showing the power of the Gospel at work in our lives through learning the Beatitudes, we are now able to serve with the Gospel and persevere the heavy cost of discipleship.

• Again our theme for this year, and probably for the next 2 to 3 years, is share the Gospel, show the Gospel, and serve with the Gospel. This should lead us to become true disciples that make disciples.

• We will be referring to the things that we have learned in the Beatitudes in our study of the book.

• So please, if you have any questions regarding what we took up with the Beatitudes, do not hesitate to approach me with your questions.

• As I’ve said last week, tonight is the start of our study of “Radical” and I also said that in preparation for tonight, I encouraged you to read the first chapter of “Radical”, “Someone worth losing everything for”.

• To start off, I’d like to read a quote from the first chapter.


• Is Jesus worth the cost of discipleship? Now some of you are asking, what is the cost of being a disciple of Jesus? We took this up for the majority of the year last year. But for the benefit of those who weren’t here, let’s review it.

• READ Luke 14:25 – 33

• So what will it cost for us to become a disciple of Jesus? As far as the scripture goes, IT’S EVERYTHING! Everything that we have!

• Now, here’s the question: Why is the cost of following Jesus so great? And, just like the quote I read from “Radical”, is Jesus worth the cost?

• To help us answer those questions, let’s take a look at the relationship between the worth of something and its cost.

• I think that there is a direct relationship between the worth of something and its cost in that we could say that the worth of something determines how much its going to cost or, to put it the other way; we can say that the cost of something displays or reveals how much its worth.

• The cost of something does not determine its worth, it only displays it or it reveals it. The actual worth of something is based on what that something is.

• Again, the cost that is associated to a thing is not the determining factor of it’s worth. What that thing IS, determines its worth, and it is then revealed by how much it costs.

• Illustration: Show paintings.

• For these paintings that we just saw, if we were to look at just the cost or the price that was paid for them, we can say that these paintings must be worth a lot if someone is willing to pay that much for it.

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