This Week’s Theme: Disciples Strive after God
This Week’s Word is Disciple: A disciple is a learner who knows Christ, a student who is being changed by Christ, and a pupil who has surrendered to the mission of Christ.
Memory Verse: Matthew 4:19 “19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.””
Essence of the Text in a Sentence: Jesus invited men to go with Him with the understanding that He would make them fishers of men.
Sermon Proposition: A Christian is one who has accepted Jesus’ invitation to follow Him with the understanding of making them disciple-makers.
Sermon Objective: I want those in attendance to judge their acceptance of Christ’s invitation and the level of their pursuit of Christ.
Sermon Text: Matthew 4:18-22
I. THE PETITION HAS BEEN EXTENDED
Matthew 4:18-19; 10:37-38; Luke 9:57-62; 14:16-20; John 12:26;
TO STEER YOUR LIFE
Explain: [know this about God / know this about man]
DON’T BE HASTY
DON’T BE A HYPOCRITE
Matthew 10:38 “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
Did you accept the correct invitation from Christ?
If no, will you accept it today?
TO SHAPE YOUR LIFE
DID YOU HEAR WHAT CHRIST SAID?
HE SAID I WILL MAKE YOU!
THE INVITATION IS TO FOLLOW HIM WITH THE PROMISE (I WILL)
TO MAKE, FASHION, FORM, MOLD, CREATE,
YOU INTO SOMETHING ELSE OR SOMEONE ELSE, THIS IS WHY PAUL SAID IN 2 COR 5:17
PAUL IS ACKNOWLEDGING THAT CHRIST IS DOING JUST WHAT HE SAID.
IN THIS VERSE “FOLLOWING CHRIST” IS THE SAME AS BEING “IN CHRIST”
YOU ARE A NEW CREATION “I WILL MAKE YOU”
THE OLD THIS HAVE PASSED AWAY AND ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW
FROM A OLD WICKED WALK TO A NEW RIGHTEOUS WALK
OLD SINFUL CONVERSATION TO A NEW SPIRITUAL CONVERSATION
OLD AWFUL ATTITUDE TO A NEW ADORING ATTITUDE
OLD CORRUPT HEART TO A CLEAN HEART
OLD DESPICABLE SPIRIT TO A DECENT SPIRIT
OLD LIFE IN CONDEMNATION TO A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST
CHRIST IS SAYING I PROMISE TO FASHION YOU INTO FISHERS OF MEN.
THE ANDREW AND PETER, JAMES AND JOHN WERE FISHERMEN.
CHRIST TOLD THEM THAT MEN, WOMEN, BOYS, AND GIRLS ARE THE NEW ADJECTIVE, NOT CARP, TILAPIA, PRAWN, SEA BASS, OR SALMON
CHRIST WANTED TO TURN THESE
BORISH MEN to Believers
CALLUS MEN to Christians
DIFFICULT MEN to Disciples
FOOLISH FISHERMAN to Followers of Christ
Apply: [embrace this about God / embrace this about man]
Have you allowed Christ to fulfill His promise?
If no, why?
If yes, how?
THE PURSUIT IS ON
Matthew 4:18, 20-22; John 6:68;
PETER AND ANDREW WERE WORKING
JAMES AND JOHN WERE WORKING LOOK AT VERSE 21
LOOK AT THEIR RESPONSE IN VERSE 20, PETER AND ANDREW
LOOK AT JOHN AND JAMES’ RESPONSE
THEY FOLLOWED HIM
THEY WERE THEIR WHEN HE
FOR THE TEACHINGS / SERMON ON THE MOUNT
FOR THE HEALINGS / LAME, BLIND, DEAF, MUTE
FOR THE CASTING OUT OF DEMONS
FOR THE RAISING OF THE DEAD / JASIRUS DAUGHTER, WIDOW’S SON IN FUNERAL MARCH, LAZARUS
REMEMBER PETER’S WORDS WHEN MANY DISCIPLES STOPPED FOLLOWING HIM.
HE SAID IN JOHN 6:68
DID YOU FOLLOW CHRIST TO THE CASINO?
DID YOU FOLLOW CHRIST TO THE CLUB?
DID YOU FOLLOW CHRIST TO THE PARTY?
DID HE TELL YOU TO SMOKE THAT WEED?
DID HE TELL YOU TO SMOKE THAT CRACK?
DID HE TELL YOU TO CUSS THAT PERSON OUT?
(THOSE WATCHING ONLINE) DID HE TELL YOU TO STAY AT HOME AND NOT SHOW UP FOR WORSHIP?
DID HE TELL YOU IT WAS ALRIGHT TO DENY HIM, DEFY HIM, AND DISRESPECT HIM?
We are called to BUT YOU REFUSE
Serve one another.
Accept one another Romans 15:7
Forgive one another Colossians 3:13
Greet one another Romans 16:16
Bear one another's burdens Galatians 6:2
Be devoted to one another Romans 12:10
Honor one another Romans 12:10
Teach one another Romans 15:14
Submit to one another Ephesians 5:21
Encourage one another 1 Thessalonians 5: 11
What is hindering you from chasing after the Lord?
Don’t let family, friends, love ones, etc keep you from following Christ!
Don’t let cash, commodities, and culture keep you from following Christ!
What needs to happen in your life today so you will pursue Christ fully?
Will you repent today?
Will you Address God?
Will you Admit your sin to God?
Will you Apologize for dishonoring God?
Will you Accept the consequences God sends?
Will you Ask God to forgive you for your sins of omission?
Will you Alter your ways before God?
Conclusion: A concluding statement to recapture interest (a reason to remember).
Restatement of main idea and summary of main points so that the listeners will respond (specific action or attitude change) to God’s will.
Respond to God’s Message by
Committing Your Way to the LORD
Resting in the Lord
Waiting on/for the LORD