Part 2 of 10 study lessons. For more info on the study lessons click here.
When’s the last time you heard a sermon on the cost of following Christ? When’s the last time you heard an evangelist after preaching the gospel, instruct his hearers on the demands of Christ? The first step in following Christ involves an emptying of oneself unto Him, as one surrenders themselves entirely to His Lordship. Our Savior cannot have it any other way. I’ve heard it said, “Christ promises His followers two things; eternal life and a cross” and I believe this statement is true. One cannot study the gospels without being challenged at the commitment level which Christ expects from His followers.
In this lesson we look at scriptures relating directly to the cost of discipleship. As Fathers, we are responsible to instruct our children in the way of the Lord. We must teach them to lay down their lives in service for Christ. Meditate on these verses and answer the questions below. Remember, this isn’t a thorough study on biblical discipleship, just a “warm-up” study. I encourage you to utilize the additional resources available (Books orSermons) on the Cost of Discipleship. Also, spend a few moments and read some great quotes on discipleship posted here.
1. What is the cost of discipleship? Read: Matthew 16:24-25, Luke 14:26-27, Luke 14:33, Matthew 10:37-39. What did you learn from these verses?
2. Have you taught your children to abide in Christ? Read: John 15:1-17, John 8:31-32, 1 John 2:6. What did you learn from these verses?
3. Do your children love the world? Do you encourage your children to love the world? Read: 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 12:2, James 4:4. What did you learn from these verses?
4. Do your children understand what it means to be crucified with Christ? Have you been crucified with Christ? Read: Galatians 2:18-20, Galatians 5:24, Galatians 6:14, Romans 6:6. What did you learn from these verses?
5. Have you taught your children to battle sin? Read: Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5. Have you made a declaration of war against the sin in your own life? Do your children show fruits of repentance? Read:Matthew 3:8, Acts 26:20, 2 Corinthians 7:10. Do they show signs they are truly saved by living a life of repentance? It’s important to recognize the difference between a true and false conversion.
Here’s some fruit that genuine Christians will produce in their walk with Christ. Remember those who are truly saved have been made into a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). The checklist is below: (Side-Note: If your children don’t know Christ here’s a resource to help you preach the gospel to them posted here. There’s also additional resources for children’s evangelism posted here).
The Word admonishes us to examine ourselves to see if we’re truly in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5) Remember, Christ told us to examine the fruit of professed Christians (Luke 6:43-44, Matthew 7:15-20, James 2:18)
Do your children practice truth and live in righteousness? (1 John 1:6, 1 John 2:29, 1 John 3:7,10)
Have they confessed and believed in Christ? (1 John 2:23, 1 John 4:2, 1 John 5:1)
Do they strive to obey His commandments? (1 John 2:3-5, 1 John 3:22,24, 1 John 5:2-3)
Do they walk as Christ walked in the light? (1 John 1:7, 1 John 2:6)
Have they repented of their sin? (1 John 1:9, 1 John 2:12)
Do they love fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? (1 John 2:10, 1 John 3:11,14, 1 John 4:7)
Do they strive to do the will of God and battle sin? (1 John 2:17, 1 John 3:9,22)
That you will model to your children what a life surrendered life to Christ looks like.
That God will begin breaking your children’s heart by either leading them to repentance and faith in Christ or to a stronger devotion to Him.