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  1. Expensive Love

  2. Expensive Love • Is this what comes to your mind when we mention Expensive Love?

  3. Expensive Love • Or does this come to your mind? • It’s this “Expensive Love that we want to consider this morning.

  4. Let’s begin with Jesus statement • (John 15:13 NKJV) "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

  5. What if the Price is too high? • (Luke 14:26-27 NKJV) "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also,he cannot be My disciple. {27} "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

  6. The Price of the interrupted life

  7. The interrupted home life • (Mat 8:21-22 NKJV) Then another of His disciples said to Him, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."{22} But Jesus said to him, "Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

  8. The Apostles gave up their business • (Mat 4:18-22 NKJV) And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. {19} Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men

  9. The Apostles gave up their business • (Mat 4:18-22 NKJV) {20} They immediately left their nets and followed Him. {21} Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them, {22} and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

  10. Is it worth the Price?

  11. For Demas, the Price was too high • (2 Tim 4:9-11 NKJV) Be diligent to come to me quickly; {10} for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica; Crescens for Galatia, Titus for Dalmatia. {11} Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

  12. Others were unwilling to pay the price • (John 6:66 NKJV) From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more.

  13. Sometimes we are called upon to help one another out. • (2 Tim 4:11) Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministry.

  14. Peter decided to pay the price. • (John 6:66-69 NKJV) From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. {67} Then Jesus said to the twelve, "Do you also want to go away?" {68} But Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. {69} "Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

  15. Paul was told he would pay! • (Acts 9:10-16 NKJV) Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." {11} So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.

  16. Paul was told he would pay! • (Acts 9:10-16 NKJV) {12} "And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." {13} Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.

  17. Paul was told he would pay! • (Acts 9:10-16 NKJV) {14} "And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." {15} But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. {16} "For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake."

  18. Paul Paid the Price • (2 Cor 11:23-28 NKJV) Are they ministers of Christ?; I speak as a fool; I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently,in deaths often. {24} From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. {25} Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; [and left for dead] three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep

  19. Paul Paid the Price • (2 Cor 11:23-28 NKJV) {26} in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;

  20. Paul Paid the Price • (2 Cor 11:23-28 NKJV) {27} in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness; {28} besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches. [that’s love]

  21. Was it worth the Price? • (Rom 8:18 NKJV) For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

  22. What is the price for us?

  23. We Don’t know what awaits us! • (Mat 24:4-13 NKJV) And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you. {5} "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many. {6} "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

  24. We Don’t know what awaits us! • (Mat 24:4-13 NKJV) {7} "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. {8} "All these are the beginning of sorrows. {9} "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake.

  25. We Don’t know what awaits us! • (Mat 24:4-13 NKJV) {10} "And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. {11} "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. {12} "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. {13} "But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

  26. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy.

  27. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy. • The price of being thoughtful to those who are about us.

  28. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy. • The price of being thoughtful to those who are about us. • The price of taking time for those who need our help.

  29. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy. • The price of being thoughtful to those who are about us. • The price of taking time for those who need our help. • The price of our time for our family.

  30. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy. • The price of being thoughtful to those who are about us. • The price of taking time for those who need our help. • The price of our time for our family. • The price of helping the needy.

  31. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy. • The price of being thoughtful to those who are about us. • The price of taking time for those who need our help. • The price of our time for our family. • The price of helping the needy. • The price, of yes, being taken advantage of

  32. The Price of the Little Things • The price of kindness when we are very busy. • The price of being thoughtful to those who are about us. • The price of taking time for those who need our help. • The price of our time for our family. • The price of helping the needy. • The price, of yes, being taken advantage of • Being pleasant when you feel miserable.

  33. He who shows mercy • (Rom 12:8 NKJV); he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

  34. A Description of Love • (1 Cor 13:4-7 NKJV) Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; {5} does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; {6} does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; {7} bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

  35. Is it Worth the Price?

  36. What are the Choices? • Would you want a world of hate? • Would you want a world without our God?

  37. Without Our God!

  38. Without Our God! • A world where you cannot mail something of value because it will be stolen by those who were in charge of it.

  39. Without Our God! • A world where you cannot mail something of value because it will be stolen by those who were in charge of it. • A world where killing innocent people, including women an children is praised as a wonderful thing to do.

  40. Without Our God! • A world where you cannot mail something of value because it will be stolen by those who were in charge of it. • A world where killing innocent people, including women an children is praised as a wonderful thing to do. • The price of love brings up Peter’s question, where can we go.

  41. Without Our God! • A world where you cannot mail something of value because it will be stolen by those who were in charge of it. • A world where killing innocent people, including women an children is praised as a wonderful thing to do. • The price of love brings up Peter’s question, where can we go. • It brings up our Lord’s question

  42. The Lord’s Questions • (Mat 16:25-27 NKJV) "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. {26} "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? {27} "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

  43. What are our Choices? • Love is expensive, but what is the alternative? • Are we willing to give our lives in His service? • Will we pay the price of love?

  44. What’s of greatest value?

  45. Final Question • (Mat 16:26 KJV) For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?