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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.
 

 
 
 
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.

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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

Where is it? 
-Look around the room choose an item.
 
-Describe the item to  everyone else, mentioning its color and shape.
-Give additional clues and ask a kids if they  knows where the item is.
 
-Guide them to walk over and point to the item.
-Allow everyone to take turns describing items and guessing where each item is.
 
-Be prepared to offer assistance as needed.
 
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with His parents, Mary and Joseph, to Jerusalem. After the celebration, Mary and Joseph started traveling home with a large group of people. Later, they discovered Jesus was not with them! They did not know where He was. Listen to the Bible story to find out whereJesus was.

Find the Star 
-Hide a star-shaped paper cutout somewhere in the house.
-Invite your kids to find the star and bring it to you.
 
-For a competitive twist, hide multiple stars and see who can find the most in a given time limit.
 
 
CONNECTION:
 
The wise men who visited Jesus followed a bright star. When they found Jesus in Bethlehem, they presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh—three valuable treasures. Jesus was no ordinary child, and His extraordinary nature would become more and more clear as He grew up. We’ll learn more about ittoday.

Serving Jesus

Food insecurity is still the most pressing issue in Kenya due to COVID-19 and, as time goes on, new hardships are beginning to arise. Will you help us in our continued efforts to distribute food, masks, and meet other needs for our students and their families? $30 can help feed a family.
As a family, talk about and pray about what you could give up in order to give $30 to help feed a family in Kenya. Maybe you give up picking up dinner one night. Click this link to give: https://blackhawkministries.org/calendar/covid-19-relief-for-kenya/
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