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Cost of Discipleship
A Three-minute Bible Study
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Read the following Bible passage, then answer the short questions. Consider the practical suggestions at the end of the study.

Mark 8:34-38*

34. When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

35. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

36. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

37. Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

38. For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels."


1. Is Christianity a bate-and-switch? On the one hand, we are told that it is a free gift. But on the other hand, we are told that it will cost us everything we have. Please explain.


2. Think about the questions Jesus asks in verses 36 and 37 and jot down a thought or two.


Practical help