Week 5: Count the Cost

“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.'” – Jesus in Luke 14:28-30

Congratulations on taking that step by deciding to study the bible! 

Jesus and the earliest Christians spoke about journeying toward God as a choice between two pathways, two gates:

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” – Matthew 7:13-14 

Since this is a bible study make sure you read scriptures like the one above carefully; even re-reading so you can hear what God is saying. As you progress through the online portion of this bible study, be sure to follow along in your Field Guide.

“Those who find it are few“

This is not a journey that can be taken lightly. Surely, you want to be counted among those who don’t just search for God and truth, but who actually find the narrow road that leads to life.

How many roads did Jesus say there were in the last scripture you read from Matthew?

Only two! A wide road and a narrow road. When people get asked which road they are on, many like to make up a middle road, but Jesus doesn’t give us that option. 

So, which road do you think you are on? Be humble and honest. What matters most is that you are trying to get on the narrow road. 

In the grand scheme of things this isn’t just a pop quiz question. Being on the narrow road is a part of the final exam!

Have you ever gone hiking in the wilderness? 

It’s ok if you’re a city slicker, you just need to know that there are two very important things you must do before you set out on a journey:

1) Figure out where you are starting

2) Take inventory of what you are bringing with you

Good News! This first bible study is designed to get you ready to Go With God by figuring out both of these essentials for your journey.

Oh, and we’ll help you find a partner for the journey if you don’t have one because no on goes with God alone!