Articles, First Principles

Counting the Cost

Introduction: Luke 14:25-33

God wants us to count the cost of following Him and think through what it will take to be a committed disciple for life!

  • What has changed in your life and heart over the past several weeks?
  • What has been your greatest challenge so far?
  • Are there any areas of life that you are holding back from surrendering to Jesus? (Matthew 22:35-40)
  • Do you see discipleship as a lifetime commitment? (Luke 9:62, Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)
  • Why do you want to be a disciple? Do you know any other disciples of Jesus?
  1. Jesus is Lord and Savior – Acts 2:22-24
  • Who is Jesus? God in the flesh! (John 1:1-14; 8:24,58; 10:30-33; 12:45; 20:28, Colossians 2:9, Titus 2:13, Revelation 1:17-18)
  • What does “Lordship” mean? (1 Cor 1:2-9, 1 Timothy 6:11-12, Luke 6:46, Galatians 2:20)
  • Jesus died for your sins and was resurrected on the third day! (1 Cor. 15:3-5)
  • Why do we say “Jesus is Lord”? (Acts 22:16, Romans 10:9-13)
  1. Baptism is for the Forgiveness of Sins – Acts 2:36-38
  • Baptism is necessary for salvation! (Mark 16:16, Colossians 2:11-12)
  • Baptism for the forgiveness of sins is in water. (Acts 8:38, John 3:5)
  • One must repent/be made into a disciple before baptism! (Mat 28:18-20, Acts 2:38)
  • If someone believed in Jesus, repented, but was not baptized, could they be saved? Why? (Romans 6:1-7, 23, Romans 3:23-25, Acts 2:38)
  1. Persecution – 2 Timothy 3:12
  • Persecution is guaranteed for every disciple and comes in many forms.
  • Where will your greatest persecution come from?
  • What do you do when you’re persecuted? Pray, reach out to the disciples, rejoice (Acts 5:41), etc.
  1. Quiet Times – Psalm 5:3
  • There is nothing more important in your schedule than your daily walk with God. (2 Peter 1:5-9)
  • Read Bible Daily (Romans 10:17), Prayer (Luke 11:1-4 Give us each day our “daily” bread – daily prayer), Singing, Journaling, Reading Spiritual Books (Elevate, etc.)
  1. We Are A Family! – Acts 2:42-47
  • New Members Orientation. The next one is _____________
  • Family in God’s Household (1 Timothy 3:14-15 – How to treat each other as Brothers and Sisters)
  1. Shepherds – Titus 1:5-9
  • Shepherds are examples and are there to help you.
  • Your Shepherding couple is _____________ (Provide shepherding couple’s contact info – phone & e-mail)
  1. Discipling – Hebrews 3:13
  • What does “Discipleship” mean? (Mark 1:14-18 and Matthew 28:18-20)
  • Seeking advice. (Proverbs 19:20)
  • Daily contact, get together at least weekly.
  • Follow Up Studies – Let’s set one up right now!
  • Your discipler is: _____________
  1. Conflict Resolution – Matthew 18:15-17
  • Mature approach to dealing with sin and conflict – critical eye, healing heart. (2 Timothy 2:22-26)
  • Settle matters quickly so that sin is rooted out from the camp and any resentment or bitterness is avoided. Don’t have a worldly victim mentality. Take responsibility to help resolve any conflicts. (Matthew 5:23-26)
  • Confront in love. (Ephesians 4:15, Proverbs 27:5,6,17) Hate the sin – love the sinner. (1 Peter 4:8)
  1. Repentance and Confession of Sins – 1 John 1:5-10
  • Don’t let Satan get a foothold. (James 5:16)
  • We have true friendships with each other when we walk in the light.
  • What does “Repentance” mean? (Luke 13:1-5, Acts 26:20)
  1. Meetings of the Body – Hebrews 10:23-25
  • Your Bible Talk, Your Region/House Church, Your Ministry (Singles, Marrieds, Campus, Teens) is the Kingdom! (Mat 6:33, Rev 1:6)
  • Look through the church calendar and website (caicc.net)
  1. Evangelism – Matthew 28:18-20
  • Daily Lifestyle, Local, Regional and Global Evangelism.
  1. Giving – Malachi 3:6-12
  • Why should we give? What should our attitude be? (1 Timothy 6:17, 2 Corinthians 8:7-8; 9:6-11)
  • Do you have the ability to give generously? Do your life skills need work? (Deuteronomy 8:18)
  • What is benevolence? (James 2:16-17)
  • What is Special Missions? (2 Corinthians 9:1-5)
  • What is your contribution going to be? Pledge an amount to give each week. Do you know how to donate online? (1 Timothy 6:17)
  1. Dating – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
  • Disciples date and marry disciples (believer = disciple biblically)
  • Encouragement Dates – mutual edification and getting to know your brothers and sisters. Protecting one another. (1 Peter 5:8) Building pure relationships with brothers and sisters. (1 Timothy 5:2) Marriage is a hope, but heaven is the goal.
  1. Serving – 1 Peter 4:7-11
  • Look for ways to serve and help. Areas to serve (ushering, song leading, Kingdom Kids, etc.)
  • What is MERCYworldwideMaximizing Efforts for Relief Care and Youth
  • Every disciple must care for the needs of the poor to serve the poor and this honors God. (Proverbs 14:31)

Conclusion: 2 Peter 2:20-22

  • Stay faithful to the end!

Physical Preparations for Getting Baptized

  • Bring modestA clothes to get baptized in.
  • Be prepared to speak very briefly before being baptized.
  • Review the two questions that will be asked before baptism.

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