A COSTLY RELIGION
                                                           2 Samuel 24:24 (272)


    Introduction

          A.  Christianity is the source of many blessings.  Examples:

          B.  Our religion is also costly.

                1.  A narration from 2 Samuel 24

                2.  Read 2 Samuel 24:22-24.  King David said, “Nor will I offer burnt offerings to
                     The Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.”

          C.  It would make a big difference if every Christian were to have this attitude:  I will
                not offer to the Lord my God that which cost me nothing.

      I.  Christianity requires sacrificing.

          A.  Our Lord demands self-denial and sacrifice.  Luke 9:23 (760)

          B.  We can not put anyone ahead of Christ.  Luke 14:25-27 (767)

          C.  We must count the cost of following Jesus.  Luke 14 28-35

    II.  What does our religion cost us in terms of:

          A.  Effort?  Matthew 25:14-30 (725)

          B.  Time?  John 9:4 (788)

          C.  Money?  1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (851); 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (856)

   III.  We are assured of a reward.

          A.  We reap what we sow.  Galatians 6:7-10 (862)

          B.  We are promised eternal life.  Romans 6:23 (833); 1 John 2:24-25 (900); 1 John 5:11

Conclusion

          A.  Christianity cost God the suffering of His Son.  1 Peter 2 21-25 (895)

          B.  Christianity is costly to us.  Romans 12:1-2 (837)