Unit 23, Session 2: The Cost of Following Jesus

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Unit 23, Session 2: The Cost of Following Jesus 

The benefits of following Jesus are wonderful: justification from sin, lifelong sanctification, and adoption into the family of God. But following Jesus also comes at a price. People had waited so long for the promised Messiah to come into the world, so many were eager to follow Him. Yet as Jesus taught, He urged people to consider the cost of being His disciple.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus explained to one disciple that following Him might involve giving up worldly comforts. He told another disciple that following Him should be higher priority than anything else—even one’s commitment to his parents. (See Matt. 8:18-22.) In Matthew 16 and Luke 9, Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

Jesus shared two examples in Luke 14 of people who must count the cost of doing something. If a person is building a tower, he must first calculate the cost. If he begins the project and is unable to complete it, onlookers will ridicule him. In a similar way, a king counts the cost of going to war before sending out his army. If he is not able to oppose the enemy, he doesn’t foolishly send out a small group to fight a larger group. Instead, he seeks peace.

Many who wanted to follow Jesus changed their minds. Jesus even asked the twelve disciples if they wanted to turn away as well. Peter answered, “Lord, to whom will we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

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.

 


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The Cost of Following Jesus
 Matthew 8; 16; Luke 9; 14

 

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.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • Why is following Jesus difficult?
  •  How can we be sure following Jesus is worth the difficulties we may face?
  •  What might we have to give up to follow Jesus?
  • What are some reasons people might hesitate to follow Jesus?
  •  Share about a time you did something hard because you knew it was worth it.
  • How is Jesus better than anything the world offers?

Worship

Game Ideas

Teach Cost
 

-Provide play money and allow children to “shop” for toys and other household items.
 
-Assign a basic cost to each item as a child brings it to you, such as “That book will cost you five bills” or “Those markers will cost you ten coins.”
 
-Do not worry about actual values; just help the children count each piece of money as they give it to you.
 
-As children bring you another item, say “That will cost everything you have!
Is that worth it to you?”
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

A cost is how much you have to give up, like money, to get something you want or need. Was it hard when you had to give up all of your money to get something you wanted? That’s a harder choice to make! Today we will hear about something Jesus said would cost everything but would be worth it. He wanted people to think about the cost and choose carefully. Listen to the Bible story to find out what
Jesus taught.

Guess the Price
 

-Place various grocery items around the room at different stations.
 
-Make sure you have a list of all their prices.
 
-Provide each child with a sheet of paper and a pencil.
 
-Invite the kids to go from station to station and write down what they think the price of each might be.
 
-For very young kids, this might be difficult. Encourage them to try anyway,
and remind them that there is no penalty for guessing incorrectly.
 
-Once the kids finish, reveal the correct prices.
 
-Congratulate the winner who came the closest/got the most right
 
CONNECTION:
 
When your mom and dad go to the grocery store, it is important to count up the cost of the items they want to take home. Today we will learn that following Jesus is worth any cost.

Serving
Jesus

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