Cost of Discipleship

Scott StephanSeptember 24, 2023

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Passage: Matthew 5:1



  1. Jesus calls us to be his disciples, not just spectators in the crowd. Being a disciple requires commitment and sacrifice, while being in the crowd demands less.
  2. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches his disciples what it means to be blessed in God's kingdom. The qualities he describes often seem counterintuitive from the world's perspective.
  3. The beatitudes reveal blessings for those who are:
  • Poor in spirit (humble)
  • Who mourn
  • Who are meek
  • Who hunger for righteousness
  • Who are merciful
  • Who are pure in heart
  • Who are peacemakers
  • Who face persecution for following Jesus
  1. These qualities provoke the world because they are Christ-like. Disciples should expect resistance and persecution, just as Jesus did.
  2. To be a disciple means making the ultimate wager - to lose your life for Jesus' sake, trusting that you will find true life in him. It requires stepping out from the crowd to follow Jesus wholeheartedly.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is it often easier to be a spectator of Jesus rather than a wholehearted disciple? What holds us back from full commitment?
  2. Which of the beatitude qualities most challenges you? Why do you think it is difficult to live out?
  3. Have you experienced any "persecution" for seeking to follow Jesus (rejection, insults, loss of relationships, etc.)? How did you respond?
  4. What do you think it means practically to "lose your life" and fully submit to Jesus' lordship? What might this look like for you?
  5. How can we as a church do a better job of making disciples rather than just gathering crowds? What needs to change?
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September 24, 2023
Scott Stephan