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The Cost of Discipleship - Part 5

From the very beginning of His earthly ministry, Jesus told His disciples that following Him would be costly. But He also promised you will be blessed, “When people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me” (Matt. 5:11). Many in the church today have either never read those words, or have tried to ignore them. No one likes to suffer or pay a price for his or her faith. Yet, if we really do have the truth about reality that is found in Christ, then we must be willing to risk all in order to be faithful to Him. The modern Christian martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journals, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” The intent of this study is to encourage you to consider the cost of following Jesus and at the same time realize that there really is no better way to live life to the fullest.

This resource is part of a series on Heart and Mind Discipleship. Click here to listen to the full series

Thomas A. Tarrants


Thomas A. Tarrants, Author, is President Emeritus of the C.S. Lewis Institute. After serving twelve years as president and nine years as vice President, he retired from his position as Vice President for Ministry and Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, with CSLI in June 2019. Tom holds a Masters of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Going forward, Tom will be spending his time writing, mentoring, consulting and traveling. His life story is told in  Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love,  published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.  

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