Anglican Church Sunday School Manual For December 8, 2019 : Topic – Challenges and Costs of Christian Discipleship.
MEMORY VERSE: Luke 9:62 .
STUDY 3/37 December 8 Advent 2
SUB THEME : GODLY LEADERSHIP AND CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP.
TOPIC : Challenges and Costs of Christian Discipleship.
TEXT : Luke 9:57-62; 14:26-27, 33 .
i. to understand the meaning of ‘challenges and costs of Christian
ii. to identify some of the challenges and costs of Christian Discipleship ;
iii. to know the reasons for these and how they can be overcome
This topic has two possible interpretations-challenges and costs that individual
disciples face and challenges and costs of raising disciples; the latter shall be
the focus of this study. It is pertinent to state that Christian Discipleship is
under attack, more from challenges than from the costs. Among the daunting
challenges are the prevalence of unsound gospel, dearth of servant-leaders and
an absence of enabling structures. This study will expose these challenges and
costs to us and show us how to overcome them.
1. Define the terms ‘challenges’ and ‘costs’ and relate them to Christian
2. Identify from these scriptures some of the costs of Christian Discipleship:
Luke 5:11; 9:57-62; 14:26-27, 33; John 12:24.
3. Read Acts 20:28-31; 1 Thess. 2:14-18; 2 Tim.3:1; and discuss the
challenges to effective Christian Discipleship in the Church today in the
a. System, operation and structure
b. unsound doctrine
c. dearth of servant leaders and disciplers
d. Prevalence of populism and new age gospel
e. the ‘jet age’ (always in a hurry) phenomenon
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4. How can we effectively combat these challenges so as to restore effective
discipleship programmes in the Church today?
Myriads of challenges have hampered the Church’s
effectiveness in Christian Discipleship for over decades. The Church also
appears unwilling to bear the costs of discipleship hence the woes of the
Christian faith. The extent every leader in any given Christian organization is
willing to conquer these challenges will determine how much success or failure
he/she will experience in discipleship.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
There is a way out of every challenge and there is a
reward for every cost catered for.