During his time on earth, Jesus had much to say about the cost of being his disciple and the responsibilities inherent to being a Christian. For this study we’ll be exploring some of the passages relevant to these themes. The first three relate to the cost of following Jesus. They are:
1. Why do you think these short snippets of conversation are included in the gospel account?
2. What connection does the Lord’s response in verse 58 have to the statement which prompted it? What is the take-away of the entire passage for would-be Christians today?
1. Why do you think Jesus chose to answer the statement made in verse 15 with the parable in verses 16-24?
2. Think of the responses given by those who were invited to the banquet, and then read Matt. 9:37. Do you think there is a connection?
3. In verse 27, Jesus states, “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” This is a hard statement, isn’t it? What does “carry his cross and follow him” mean to you?
4. Pair verse 27 with John 12:25-26. Compare the standard outlined in these two short scriptures with the modern view of what being a Christian means. In your opinion, are the standards consistent? Why or why not?
5. What is the point Jesus is making by following the pronouncement in verse 27 with what he says from verses 28-35?
and Matt. 10: 34-39
1. Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), so why would he ever make the statement found in verses 34-36, and how can it be reconciled with what he says at the end of Mark 9:50? How should we properly understand this passage?
2. Based on this passage, should a Christian be at peace with the world? Why or why not?
Let’s conclude with two passages that address the responsibilities inherent to the Christian calling: Matt. 5:13-16 and Mark 4:13-29.
1. List as many qualities and attributes of salt and light as you can. How do these qualities correlate to the attributes the Lord expects his followers to possess?
2. In the context of Mark 4:21-23, and also in the larger context of this study, what do you think verse 22 refers to?
3. When you combine Mark 4:13-19 with another parable Jesus gave regarding a wedding banquet, found in Matt. 22:1-14, what is the message you come up with?