The Four Marks of a Disciple

SERIES – The Other Little Ships
Luke 14:25-35 GNV
25 Once when large crowds of people were
going along with Jesus, he turned and said to
them,
26 “Those who come to me cannot be my
disciples unless they love me more than they
love father and mother, wife and children,
brothers and sisters, and themselves as well.
27 Those who do not carry their own cross and
come after me cannot be my disciples.
28 If one of you is planning to build a tower, you
sit down first and figure out what it will cost, to
see if you have enough money to finish the
job.
29 If you don’t, you will not be able to finish the
tower after laying the foundation; and all
who see what happened will make fun of
you.
30 ‘You began to build but can’t finish the job!’
they will say.
31 If a king goes out with ten thousand men to
fight another king who comes against him
with twenty thousand men, he will sit down
first and decide if he is strong enough to face
that other king.
32 If he isn’t, he will send messengers to meet the
other king to ask for terms of peace while he
is still a long way off.
33 In the same way,” concluded Jesus, “none of
you can be my disciple unless you give up
everything you have.
34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, there is
no way to make it salty again.
35 It is no good for the soil or for the manure pile;
it is thrown away. Listen, then, if you have
ears!”
John 6:60-68 GNV
60 Many of his followers heard this and said, “This
teaching is too hard. Who can listen to it?”
61 Without being told, Jesus knew that they
were grumbling about this, so he said to
them, “Does this make you want to give up?
62 Suppose, then, that you should see the Son of
Man go back up to the place where he was
before?
63 What gives life is God’s Spirit; human power
is of no use at all. The words I have spoken to
you bring God’s life-giving Spirit.
64 Yet some of you do not believe.” (Jesus knew
from the very beginning who were the ones
that would not believe and which one would
betray him.)
65 And he added, “This is the very reason I told
you that no people can come to me unless
the Father makes it possible for them to do
so.”
66 Because of this, many of Jesus’ followers
turned back and would not go with him any
more.
67 So he asked the twelve disciples, “And you—
would you also like to leave?”
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom
would we go? You have the words that give
eternal life.
Everyone’s life is shaped by their commitments.
Great people are ordinary people who make
great commitments to a cause greater than
themselves.
A disciples is someone who has made a
commitment to advance the things of Christ in
their life and in society.
They were following Jesus in miracles and meals
but not in ministry.
What separates the crowd from the committed is
the cost you are willing to pay.
I. Worship at any cost
Christ must come before personal:
A. Relationships
The irony is when I love Christ first, I love others
more.
B. Reputation
C. Realization
A cross is the voluntary price you pay to serve
Christ.
II. Work at any cost
III. War at any cost
IV. Witness at all costs