The Cost of Being a Disciple
25 A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, 26 “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else—your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. 27 And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
28 “But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? 29 Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. 30 They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’
31 “Or what king would go to war against another king without first sitting down with his counselors to discuss whether his army of 10,000 could defeat the 20,000 soldiers marching against him? 32 And if he can’t, he will send a delegation to discuss terms of peace while the enemy is still far away. 33 So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? 35 Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”
Psalm 80 New Living Translation (NLT) —Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock Psalm 80 For the choir director: A psalm of Asaph, to be sung to the tune “Lilies of the Covenant.” 1 Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory 2 to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! 3 Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. 4 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers? 5 You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful. 6 You have made us the scorn [ of neighboring nations. a] Our enemies treat us as a joke. 7 Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. 8 You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land. 9 You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land. 10 Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars. 11 We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River. [ b] 12 But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit? 13 The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it. 14 Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine 15 that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. 16 For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. 17 Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice. 18 Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more. 19 Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. References & Reflections
https://oneyearbibleonline.com/april-oyb/?version=51&startmmdd=0101  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+14%3A25-35  https://slideplayer.com/slide/1717532/  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trpvrkfGjq8
Ask, Seek, Knock
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7
The Christian and Money
Ask God And He Answers – Ask, Seek, Selah! Ask, Seek, Knock, Know God Stewardship
What is biblical stewardship?
What does the Bible say about budgeting?
What does the Bible say about saving money?
What does the Bible say about paying taxes?
Should a Christian get insurance?
Should a Christian pay into Social Security and/or accept Social Security payments?
What does the Bible say about saving for retirement? Management
What does the Bible say about managing your finances?
Should a Christian declare bankruptcy?
What does the Bible say about playing the lottery?
Should a Christian invest money in the stock market?
Should a Christian go on welfare?
Should a Christian enter a sweepstakes? Tithes and Offerings
What does the Bible say about Christian tithing? Should a Christian tithe?
What is the difference between tithes and offerings?
Does our tithe all have to go to our church or can part of it go to a Christian ministry?
Should we tithe off our gross or net income?
Should a Christian tithe off miscellaneous income, i.e. inheritance, gifts, winnings, tax refunds, legal settlements, etc.?
If you have a lot of debt, can you temporarily stop tithing while paying off the debt?
What was the firstfruits offering? Should Christians give a firstfruits offering today?
How should I decide how much to tithe? Charity
What does the Bible say about charity?
What does the Bible say about giving to the poor?
Who should I donate to? How should I decide which charity / organization / cause to financially support?
What does the Bible say about feeding the hungry?
What are alms? What is almsgiving?
How can I become a more cheerful giver?
Why is giving so emphasized in the Christian faith?
Should Christians give away all they possess except for basic necessities?
How should a Christian respond to beggars? Borrowing and Lending
What does the Bible say about going into debt?
What does the Bible say about lending money?
I am a Christian in debt. What should I do?
Should a Christian mortgage a home?
Should a Christian use a credit card?
Should a Christian co-sign on a loan?
What is usury in the Bible? Rich and Poor
What does the Bible say about being poor?
What does the Bible say about prosperity?
What does the Bible say about wealth?
Is it wrong for a Christian to have the goal of being rich and famous?
Is it better, spiritually, to be poor than to be rich?
How should a Christian view wealth? Worldview
What does the Bible say about consumerism?
What does the Bible say about capitalism?
How should a Christian respond to a bad economy?
Financial crisis — what’s a Christian to do?
How should a Christian view materialism?
References & Reflections
www.gotquestions.org/content_life_money.html  https://daylekinney.com/2017/05/12/12-may-ask-seek-knock/  https://slideplayer.com/slide/8957336/  https://www.knowableword.com/2015/08/07/why-god-speaks-to-job-twice/  https://www.slideserve.com/peri/theodicy-and-the-book-of-job  https://www.gotquestions.org/ask-seek-knock.html