The Calling of Discipleship
- Calling Fishermen to Follow (Matthew 4:18-22)
- Calling Sinners to Repent (Matthew 9:9-13)
- Granting Authority to Disciples (Mark3:7-19)
Central Truth: Jesus calls all people to become His disciples.
Focus: Examine Jesus' call to discipleship and follow Him as disciples.
Evangelism Emphasis: Jesus calls His disciples to make disciples.
Key Scripture (Matthew 4:19): Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.
1. Calling Fishermen to Follow
A. SIMON AND ANDREW
Key Scripture (Matthew 4:18-20): 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.
B. JAMES AND JOHN
Key Scripture (Matthew 4:21-22): Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
Being a Christian requires betting your life on the truth of the Gospel and committing yourself with all the risks involved. It requires the abandonment of the securities that this world has to offer, and that you launch out into unknown waters where the threats are great.
-- Tony Campolo
2. Calling Sinners to Repent
A. MATTHEW'S CALL
Key Scripture (Matthew 9:9): As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
Not Just the Best Ones
Jesus didn't care what people thought of Him or His ragtag group of rookie preachers. Jesus comehow knew that fishermen might make the best fishers of men, and a former tax collector would make it very clear that no one lives outside of the parameters of the grace of God. It was somehow commonsense to Jesus that normal people would be more apt to reach normal people. Jesus was illustrating to us that the Kingdom was for everyone, not just the best ones.
-- Johnnie Moore, Dirty God
b. JESUS' PURPOSE
Key Scripture (Matthew 9:10-13): While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
3. Granting Authority to Disciples
A. MINISTRY TO A MULTITUDE
Key Scripture (Mark 3:7-12): Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. 8 When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. 9 Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. 11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.
B. APPOINTMENT OF TWELVE
Key Scripture (Mark 3:13-19): Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him. 14 He appointed twelve[a] that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach 15 and to have authority to drive out demons. 16 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter), 17 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”), 18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot 19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
For some people, the school playground holds fond memories of games like kickball and basketball. However, for others the memories are painful as they recall being the last one picked for a team, only being selected then because no one else was left! Thankfully, that is not the experience of anyone who encounters Jesus Christ. The invitation to follow Him is given to us, no matter our experiences on a school playground or anywhere else.