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I am writing up a study as requested by Victrix. Will get back to the Walls tomorrow.
Counting the cost
2 Samuel 24:24
David’s example of paying for the sacrifice
But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them
Jesus speaks about the cost of being a disciple
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
Rebuke everything in this study
Do not find people who want to seek friendship or a church.
Find people who are seeking God
In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.
If someone doesn’t want to be a disciple they are terrible. They cannot say that they have a good heart.
They are not taking up God’s word. Equally, if we are not holding the person to this standard of giving up everything, we as disciples are in sin.
God will fight you until you want a relationship with God.
Jesus isn’t a salesman. He wants us to have spiritual salt and for he wants to know that we have worth.
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.
Help non disciples see how good we have it in the kingdom.
But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.
People were harsh on the Pharisees and Sadducees because they don’t walk their talk. There is no special privilege for people who have higher standing in the religious world to not follow the bible.
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
The teaching of God to give up everything for God is harsh but it is encouraging to know that the non disciple can repent now rather than on judgement day.
Check if these scriptures make people bitter.
Ask them if they would still be willing to be a disciple even if their loved ones died or if their loved ones stop following God or don’t follow God. Would they do the same?
God wants all disciples to turn away from their old life because there are bad influences that would affect their walk with God in the future.
1 Peter 3:15
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,
This is asking for the hearts to revere God, not just understand the theology behind it.
Disciples have to be prepared ALWAYS to defend our faith with gentleness and respect.
God knows our hearts and whether or not we can defend our faith.
Without strong convictions of the heart, we would give up the church easily to any government. Like how the Catholic church was married off into the government.
2 Corinthians 12: 6-7
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say, or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.
This speaks of our character which would make us sin again so that we can receive the grace of God.
Character is built over the course of our lifetime (ie laziness and apathy and idolatry) but God can still forgive us.
2 Corinthians 7:10-11
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.
Teach godly sorrow and worldly sorrow.
Godly sorrow is knowing the sin and earnestly want to change it
Worldly sorrow is having remorse over getting caught in the sin
Worldly sorrow is calling evil, good and calling good, evil.
Hate the sin that you have or don’t get baptised.
1 Corinthians 7:39
A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord.
A disciple must date another disciple.
Dating with pure intentions and friendship only.
Not with charm and deceit to allure but have the heart of God.
And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him.
At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized.
Have an urgent heart to get baptised, people who are not urgent do not see their need for salvation.
The eunuch wanted to get baptised in the desert.
The guard wanted to be baptised.
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.
To love God is your purpose in life.
God’s mission for us to save the ones without salvation.
Jesus was crucified and resurrected for us! We do not just sit around and do nothing with great news like this.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Its not about how much the church members give you attention and love everyday. It is our relationship with God.
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made
Contribution to the church financially is biblical. Disciples in the first century church would give money in advance. The money is used to plant churches.
2 Peter 2:20
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and are overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning.
Christianity is not for a short period of time or part of your life experience.
It is a lifestyle.
We will never be perfect, but we will be struggling with our relationships with others.
Christianity is about caring for people and loving other people.
It means getting deep into the lives of other people by asking questions.
God knows us and we know God.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
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