Date

January 17 - 23, 2021

Location

West Franklin
700 New Highway 96 W
Franklin, TN 37064 United States

Sunday January 17, 2021 | The Cost of Following Jesus

Jesus taught that following Him is not easy. It requires commitment and sacrifice. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. True life is found in Jesus, who gave up His life to rescue us from sin and death. He is worth it.

This Week’s Lesson: The Cost of Following Jesus

  • Session Title: The Cost of Following Jesus
  • Bible Passage: Matthew 816Luke 914
  • Story Point: Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.
  • Key Passage: John 14:25-26
  • Big Picture Question: What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.

Large crowds traveled with Jesus; many people wanted to follow Him. One man said, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus told the man, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.”

Another disciple said, “Lord, I will follow You, but first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus replied, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

Jesus told the people that following Him wouldn’t be easy. It would cost them a lot. “Anyone who comes to Me must be willing to leave his family. You must love me most of all—more than your own life! Anyone who is unwilling to suffer cannot be My disciple,” Jesus said.

Jesus urged the people to think about what they were doing. He told them a story: “If you wanted to build a tower, you would first sit down and figure out what it would take to complete the tower. Otherwise, you would build the foundation and be unable to finish. People would laugh at you.”

Then He told them another story: “If you were a king, you wouldn’t go to war against another king without considering whether your army would be great enough to win the war. If you have too few men to fight, you would send some men to ask for peace before the battle even started.”

Jesus wanted the people to consider the cost. “If you are not willing to give up everything you have, you cannot follow Me,” Jesus said. Following Jesus means giving Him complete control of your life. That is not easy, but it is worth it.

Jesus said, “Whoever gives up his life for Me will find true life. What good is it to have everything you want in the world if you give up life with God forever?”

Christ Connection

Jesus taught that following Him is not easy. It requires commitment and sacrifice. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. True life is found in Jesus, who gave up His life to rescue us from sin and death. He is worth it.

Family Starting Points

  • Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it.
  • What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom. He taught that all Scripture is about Him.

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