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18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? Matthew 16:24-26 (NIV)
The Gospels clearly record a pattern in Jesus’ ministry: He would teach His disciples much about how to follow Him along the way. This passage is an example of one of those situations. For the next three weekends, we will be looking at following Jesus together.
We can see from Jesus’ words that we must follow His example and put others first, be willing to engage the challenges that come with life, while realizing that the only path to a secure life is by letting Him have control of our destiny.
Accumulating possessions will never satisfy our souls - we have been made for something far greater. Wherever you are on the journey with Christ, this is at the heart of being a disciple, making disciples, and letting God use us for His glory in the lives of others.
Pray about how the Lord would have you serve Him and others today. May your time, talents and treasures be consecrated to His purposes - and may your soul reap the benefits.
Join us as we come together as a church to pray for our lead Pastor as God prepares him for us and us for him.
Bring your gifts for Christmas House to the display in the foyer! It’s not too late to buy a gift.
Join us in a call to prayer for the next thirty days. What an unprecedented season as we enter into these last days and weeks of 2020. Would you join together in praying during these days?
This #GivingTuesday we are excited to raise money for our anti-human trafficking ministry, 121Hope.
Don’t forget to reserve your seats for service and spots for your kids in children's and student ministries every Tuesday at 8 a.m.
These questions invite you to dive a little deeper into this week's message, "
Come Follow Me
1. When Jesus says, “Come follow me,” it is both a calling and an invitation — what is the distinction? Why is it important to embrace His words as both calling and invitation?
2. How does Jesus’ statement, “Come follow me,” impact the way you process the results of the election this past week?
3. What does it mean for Jesus to say, “Come follow me,” in the context of a relationship with Him (over a mere religious transactional agreement)
4. How does our embrace of Christ’s words, “Come follow me” impact how we read and study and obey His Word?
5. What differences occur in the life and journey of a human being when he or she submits to the authority of Jesus?