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The Cost of Following Jesus


The Cost of Following Jesus - Matthew 8; 16; Luke 9; 14

Jesus taught that following Him is not easy. It requires commitment and sacrifice. When we trust in Jesus, we give Him complete control of our lives. True life is found in Jesus, who gave up His life to rescue us from sin and death. He is worth it.

Key Passage

“The Holy Spirit will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you”- John 14:26

  • The Holy Spirit (put arms up with palms in)
  • Will teach you all things (bring arms down with palms up at waist)
  • And remind you (point to temples)
  • Of everything (shake head)
  • I have told you (bring fingers down in front of your waist)


The Holy Spirit

Choose one or more of the songs below:

  • For God Loved The World - Video
  • He is Faithful - Video
  • The Lord Will Be With You - Video  
  • You Are Great - Video
  • Everlasting Kingdom - Video
  • Ask God - Video
  • The Lord is Patient With You - Video
  • If My People - Video
  • God Will! - Video
  • Kingdom Kid - Video

Bible Story Video

The Cost of Following Jesus

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus taught that following Him is not easy.
  • Jesus said we must be willing to give up everything to follow Him.
  • Jesus wanted people to choose carefully and think about the cost before following Him.

Family Discussion Starters

  • Why did Jesus say following Him is hard? Can you think of ways that this is true?
  • Who can help us follow Jesus?
  • Who gave up His own life to rescue people from sin?

Family Activity

  • Build a tower as a family. Read Luke 14:28-30. Talk about what it means to count the cost.
  • Share with your kids something that you have given up to follow Jesus. Talk about how Jesus has shown you He is worth it.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF (Lessons for July 5 - August 2)
  • Activity: Teach Cost
    • Provide play money and allow children to “shop” for toys and other items. Assign a basic cost to each item as a child brings it to you, such as “That book will cost you five bills” or “Those markers will cost you ten coins.” Do not worry about actual values; just help the children count each piece of money as they give it to you. As children bring you another item, say “That will cost everything you have! Is that worth it to you?”

    • Say: A cost is how much you have to give up, like money, to get something you want or need. Was it hard when you had to give up all of your money to get something you wanted? That’s a harder choice to make! Today we will hear about something Jesus said would cost everything but would be worth it. He wanted people to think about the cost and choose carefully.

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study  - Download PDF (Lessons for June 7 - Sept. 20)

  • New City Catechism - Question 38
    • What is prayer?

    • Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving.

  • Discussion & Bible Skills
    • Ask the following questions:

      • Jesus said the Son of Man has no place to what? (lay His head, Matthew 8:20)

      • What did Jesus say a person must take up to follow Him? (his cross, Matthew 16:24)

      • What did Jesus say about a king going to war? (He must consider whether his army can win, Luke 14:31)

      • Why do you think we must be willing to give up our family and even our life to follow Jesus? Guide kids to see that Jesus is the most important. If we truly love our families, we will want to put Jesus first so that we can help them see that He is best for them. If we love anything, even families or other good things, more than we love Jesus, those things have become idols.

      • What are some ways you might suffer for Jesus’ sake? Discuss what can happen if kids stand up for what’s right against friends or other kids at school. Discuss missionaries who move away from home. Talk about places where Christians are not allowed to worship God and might be arrested or killed for their faith.

      • What do we gain by following Jesus? Help kids think about the rewards we have through Jesus, both in this life and the next. Remind them that Jesus gives us peace, love, joy, and wisdom. Help them see that no matter what hard situations we face now, someday we will rule with Jesus when He returns.

      • Following Jesus is not easy, but He is worth it. Some people hate Christians and think we are foolish and wrong. Even though they are enemies, we love them and trust Jesus through hard times. No situation is so difficult that God cannot use it for His glory and your good. He is worthy.