Friday: Further Study: The Cost of Discipleship


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 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


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

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

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


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 …]

Tuesday: Disciplined Response

Runners in a Race

Analyze the following passages: Luke 14:31-33, 1 Cor. 9:24-27, Heb. 12:1-4, 2 Pet. 1:5-11. What are these texts telling us about the life of a disciple? How have you, yourself, experienced the reality of what the Bible tells us here? The cost of discipleship involves discipline. Every impulse, every imagination, every ambition, and every desire … [Click to read more …]