Counting the Cost of Discipleship - Luke 14:25-33 - Outline & Audio

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Text: Luke 14:25-33


A. The prospective Christian needs to consider this.

B. And so must we!

C. David knew the principle - II Samuel 24:24.

D. The world knows it - Becoming a doctor, starting a business, etc.


I. Costs of discipleship mentioned by Jesus in Luke 14.

A. A diminished family loyalty - v.26.

1. Luke 9:57-62.

2. Matthew 10:34-39.

3. Most obvious when conflict arises over Christ.

B. A denial of own life or self - v.26.

1. Worldly philosophies of - eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die, you only go around once, and get what's yours -are no part of our thinking.

2. Demas failed to pay the price - II Timothy 4:10.

3. Similar to thorny ground in parable of sower - Mark 4:18-19.

4. Discipleship involves a mind set of stewardship.

C. A willingness to bear a cross for Jesus - v.27.

1. There maybe shame and reproach - Romans 1:16.

2. There maybe persecutions and sufferings - I Peter 2:19-21; 4:12-16.

3. There maybe family rejection.

4. Similar to stony ground in parable of sower - Mark 4:16-17.

D. A willingness to follow Jesus - v.27.

1. No my will, but thy will be done.

2. No room for a Diotrephes - III John 9-10.

3. Luke 6:46

4. John 14:15

II. Other costs To consider.

A. Ceasing of all sin & putting on of holiness.

1. Romans 6:11-13; 17-19

2. Maybe like cutting off right hand - Mark 9:43-48.

B. Faithfulness unto death - Revelation 2:10.

1. Endurance until the end - Hebrews 10:35-36; 12:1-3.

C. Possible loss of worldly wealth, prestige or honor.

1. Rich young ruler - Mark 10:17ff.

2. Moses considered the cost and paid it - Hebrews 11:24-26.

3. It cost Paul - Philippians 3:4-8.


A. Jesus said we must forsake all if we intend to be His disciple.

B. The parables of the field with the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price (Matthew.13:44-46) both show that one sells all that he has to gain the kingdom. 

C. Have you? Will you? Will you pay the cost of discipleship now?

-- Don Treadway, February 2002 --

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