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 

  • Bible Passage:  Matthew 8 ; 
  • Story Point: Jesus taught people about God’s kingdom.
  • Key Passage: John 14:26 
  • Big Picture Question: What did Jesus teach while He was on the earth? Jesus taught about God and His Kingdom.

Many people wanted to follow Jesus. Large crowds followed Him around. 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 lie down.” 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 crowds that following Him would not be easy. “Anyone who comes to Me must be willing to leave everything,” he said. “You must love Me most of all—more than your own life! Anyone who thinks life should be easy cannot follow Me,” Jesus said. Jesus wanted the people to choose carefully. He told them a story: “If you wanted to build a tower, you would first sit down and see what you would need to make the tower. If you did not, you would build the foundation and could not finish. People would laugh at you.” Then He told them another story: “If you were a king, you would not go to war against another king without thinking about if your army is great enough to win the war. If you don’t have enough men to fight, you would send some men to ask for peace before the fighting even started.” Jesus wanted people to think about the cost. “If you are not willing to give up everything you have, you cannot follow Me,” Jesus said. 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: Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. Jesus gave up His own life to rescue people from sin and give us life with God forever.



FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Many people wanted to follow Jesus.
  • Jesus told people they must love Him most of all to follow Him.
  • People who follow Jesus will have life with Him forever.
  • Following Jesus means letting Him be in charge.
  • Jesus taught about God.

Preschool

  • Jesus taught that following Him is not easy.
  • What did Jesus teach when He was on earth? Jesus taught about God and His kingdom.

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Have a Blessed Sunday!

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