Psalms 116:12-13 // How can I repay the Lord for all the good he has done for me? I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.
Luke 14:25-33 // Large crowds were traveling with Jesus and turning to them he said: “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
Four things to confirm the real cost
The cost to Love the church doesn’t look for a bargain
The cost to love the church is daily not one moment in time
The cost to love the church doesn't attempt to negotiate
Luke 14:28 // Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough.
John 15:18-19 // If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love, you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you, out of the world. That is why the world hates you.
4. The cost to love the church is authentically studied
Luke 14:27 // And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.