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In today's world there are many things written about God and Jesus Christ. As the global community becomes more  humanistic and materialistic in its outlook, just who exactly is Jesus? And what is this going to cost me?

Do any of these things go round in your mind?
Is He real?
I don't want my friends to laugh at me
I have too many other things in my life right now
Others have let me down lots, why should he be different?
I might have to give up something I like.
God might want me to do something I don't want to do.
What's this going to cost me?

Jot down other questions or comments here.
 
 
 

What are the two biggest questions you have about God?
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Others ahead of us have also asked these questions.
Now open your bible or follow from the below scripture.

Luke 18:18-30

"And a certain ruler questioned Him, saying, "Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?"
And Jesus said to him, "Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour your mother and your father.'"
And he said "All these things I have kept from my youth."
And when Jesus heard this he said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you  possess, and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
But when he had heard these things, he became very sad; for he was extremely rich. And Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
And they who heard it said, "Then who can be saved?"
But He said, "The things impossible with men are possible with God."
And Peter said, "Behold, we have left our own homes, and followed you." 
And He said to them, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who shall not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life."


Now consider these questions:

What things had the ruler done since his youth?
 
 

What was the one thing the ruler lacked?
 
 

What was his response when Jesus asked him to sell everything and give it to the poor? 
 
 

Why do you think he responded like this?
 
 

Do you see this in your life? Where?
 
 

Jesus is open about what the cost is of following him. What does he promise us if we pay this?
 



"for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
                                                                                          7Matt. 6:21

Look at these questions and answer them truthfully to yourself.

The ruler asked Jesus a question, but had difficulty with the answer. How willing are you to listen and do what Jesus says, after you have asked him a question?
 
 
 

We all have things that get in the way of our faith. This man's wealth was closest to his heart. Jesus realised this and realised it was the greatest thing hindering the ruler's faith. If you were the ruler, what do you think Jesus ask of you?
 
 
 

Paul's wish for the Ephesians is what ours is for you too....

"...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man; so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fulness of God. 
Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen" 
Ephesians 3: 16-21
Romans 8:26 (for spirit page) 
In the same way the Spirit also comes to help us, weak as we are. For we do not know how we ought to pray, the Spirit himself pleads with God for us, in groans that words cannot express. And God, who sees into our hearts knows what the thought of the Spirit is, because the spirit pleads with God on behalf of his people and in accordance with his will.


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