THIS SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW FEATURES HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 98th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: A COSTLY CALL
Adult/Young Adult Topic: COUNTING THE COST
Printed Text: Mark 2:16-20; Luke 14:25-33
KEY VERSE: Luke 14:27(NIV) And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 98th Edition, 2018-2019
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE: People are always faced with choices between the comfortable, easy way, and the more helpful but challenging way. How do we make the right choice? Jesus challenged His hearers to count the cost and recognize the consequences of discipleship.
CONCLUDING REFLECTION: Discipleship consists of both giving and receiving. Not all are called to the same form of discipleship at all times. However, whatever form the call takes, all are called to Jesus absolutely and without reserve. Discipleship cannot be an expression of mere civil religion. It does not confuse the Gospel with ideologies or cultural norms, nor does it tailor the Gospel to our preferences and causes—even the most noble. It is the forsaking of all for Jesus.
PRAYER: Teach us Thy way, O Lord. Illumine our hearts and minds so that we may know the rest of what it means truly to follow you. Then we pray you would give us the strength to say yes to a life of dedicated commitment to your will and to your way. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen
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