13: The Cost of Discipleship – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

Persecution of Christians

[Thought questions for The Cost of Discipleship March 26, 1014] 1. A promise of persecution. Have you ever been persecuted? What do you think of Paul’s admonishing us with these startling words: “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”? (2 Tim 3:12). What would you say if Peter … [Click to read more …]

The Law and Love – An Introduction to 2014b lessons
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by Keith Augustus Burton From the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the law of God.”-Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, p. 582. Why? Because the law, as the foundation of God’s government, expresses the moral integrity of the cosmos; and to overthrow that law would … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The carpenter’s Tools: An Allegory
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Some tools lived together in a carpenter’s shop. They were having some problems getting along, and some complained that others were not doing their share of work. They met to discuss their issues. The Hammer spoke first, for he served as the chairman. “Brother Drill,” he began, “you and your family are so noisy. And … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Study: The Cost of Discipleship
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, In the Regions Beyond, pp. 219, 220; Berea and Athens, pp. 241, 242; in The Acts of the Apostles. Fire comes down from God out of heaven. The earth is broken up. The weapons concealed in its depths are drawn forth. Devouring flames burst from every yawning chasm. The very … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: A Better Resurrection
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Read Hebrews 11:32-12:4. What do these verses say to you, personally, about the cost and the reward of discipleship? Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com What a powerful concept this passage reveals, especially in the verse that says: Women received their dead raised to life again. Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Comparing Costs
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Corporations explore the viability of proposed projects through cost-benefit analysis. Do specific proposals contain the ingredients necessary for bringing successful returns on investments? Does benefit outweigh outlay? Another frequently used measurement is durability. Does the proposal offer sustainable returns? The rewards of discipleship may likewise be measured through comparison with costs. Those costs may include … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Cost of Discipleship
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Current lesson of the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of the Hope Sabbath School “Discipling Spiritual Leaders” is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might want to bookmark the HopeSS … [Click to read more …]

13: The Cost of Discipleship – Hit the Mark
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Counting the cost

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John 6:66 To outward appearances this was a crushing rejection – the defection of a multitude of disciples. Only a day prior these same defectors were intent on making Him the king of the nation. Their enthusiasm had never been … [Click to read more …]

Raising the Standard
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My ninth-grade algebra teacher graded our tests on the curve. This meant that the highest grade would be counted as 100%. So if the highest grade was 80, our 70 would be considered 70/80 instead of 70/100, thus raising our percentage and grade considerably. There was only one problem. The same girl got 100% right … [Click to read more …]

13: The Cost of Discipleship – Lesson Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : In order to be a disciple, we must discipline ourselves. We can’t police each other intensively; we need to keep ourselves under Christ and His law. [Lesson plan for The Cost of Discipleship March 24, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read Luke 12:51-53. a. Ask class members to share a thought on … [Click to read more …]