Discipleship Lessons from Luke: Cost

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This is the final of nine sermons in our series on ‘Discipleship Lessons from Luke’. This sermon is on ‘Cost’. Preacher: Matthew Skelton. Bible Reading: Luke 14:25-35

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BIBLE READING: Luke 14:25-35

Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

“Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”


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WARM-UP Question

  1. What is so counter-cultural about following Jesus with all we have?

  2. What are some decisions that you have made in your life that were costly and in what way?

READ Luke 14:25-27

  1. What does Jesus mean by hating your whole family and even your own life? How would you explain this to a friend who is not a Christian?

  2. Has this been the way you have lived out your walk with God? How/how not?

  3. In what ways does being a disciple of Jesus impact your relationship with your family? What would it look like to put your relationship with Jesus before your own family and yourself?

  4. What did the cross symbolise at that time? Why would have Jesus’ words in V27 been such a shock to the early listeners?

  5. What are the common misconceptions of ‘bearing our cross’? How is Jesus’ command different?

  6. What should it look like in our lives to ‘carry our cross and follow Jesus’? How can we live this out?

READ Luke 14:28-35

  1. Have you ever made a purchase only to discover you couldn’t afford it? How was that experience?

  2. ‘We should really consider the cost of following Jesus because it will cost us everything.’ Have you considered how costly following Jesus is? How has it cost you?

  3. Who is Jesus and why should we follow him even when it is so costly?

  4. What is the inheritance in store for those who follow Jesus? How can we have full assurance of receiving this inheritance?

  5. What does it mean for us to be ‘salty’? What can you do to maintain your ‘saltiness’?

  6. In light of all we’ve looked at, what does it mean for us to ‘hear’ Jesus?

  7. In this series on ‘Discipleship Lessons From Luke’, what has stood out for you? How has this helped your relationship with Jesus?

APPLY: How can you put Jesus ahead of your relationships and in everything you do?


Gracious and Loving Father, we thank you that Jesus paid the ultimate price so that we, completely undeserving, can have a relationship with you. We are sorry for when we don’t follow you with all of our lives. Please show us where we need to drop our pride and follow you. Help us to put you first in all that we do, to love you above all else, and to follow you with all that we have. In Jesus’ name, Amen.