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Jesus Calls the First Disciples

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Last week we were reminded that Christianity is countercultural, it’s culturally offensive in many ways (promotes a right way of thinking and believing), and we also saw the generosity of the Gospel.
Generosity — how the gospel is for all people in all places. The good news of Jesus isn’t for a certain type of person, (in this case, the Jews). Christianity is for all!
Verse 17 ended with
Matthew 4:17 ESV
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Even Jesus message is bold! This was essentially his first sermon. What’s he say? “REPENT! Stop what you’re doing, refrain from the current way you’re living! Turn to God!”
With that context in mind, if you can, stand with me for the reading of God’s Word.
Matthew 4:18–22 ESV
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. And 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, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
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I. Follow Me (v.18-19a, 21)

Matthew 4:18–19 ESV
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Matthew 4:21 ESV
And 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, and he called them.
A. Discipleship is a central tenet in Christianity
1. Definition of Disciple
The New American Commentary: Matthew 1. Introduction (4:17–25)

A disciple was an adherent or follower of a master, an intimate companion in some common endeavor, often learning and promoting a particular ideology.

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2. Following someone you don’t know: Were these men crazy?
a. It’s not as odd as it may appear.
b. Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, as shown in , . So that means these men knew who Jesus was.
c. Jesus wasn’t an entirely random person to them. They wouldn’t have known all the nuances, they may not have necessarily thought he was the Messiah or anything… but they would’ve known who he was.
d. Since Andrew was a disciple of John, chances are he was a believer.
B. Who do you follow?
1. We are often unconsciously being discipled by things we hate
The New American Commentary: Matthew 1. Introduction (4:17–25)

Jesus is not implying that being a “fisher of men” involves anything seductive, deceitful, or harmful. Rather, he is pointing out that just as fishermen try to gather fish from the sea, his disciples too will be trying to gather together other individuals who are willing to follow Jesus in radical obedience.

2. What/Who are your major influences?

II. The Urgency of our Calling (v. 20, 22)

Simon Peter and Andrew
Matthew 4:20 ESV
Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
James and John
Matthew
Matthew 4:22 ESV
Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
A. Discipleship and Evangelism are not for the “professionals”
1. Priesthood of Believers
B. Barriers to Obedience
Why are we so afraid to “go”?
Rejection
Ignorance (I won’t know the answers)
Apathy (I really don’t care)
Risk (what if it doesn’t work out)
Family & Friends

III. The Mission of Disciples (v.19b)

A. Fishers of Men
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The New American Commentary: Matthew 1. Introduction (4:17–25)

Jesus is not implying that being a “fisher of men” involves anything seductive, deceitful, or harmful. Rather, he is pointing out that just as fishermen try to gather fish from the sea, his disciples too will be trying to gather together other individuals who are willing to follow Jesus in radical obedience.

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B. Evangelizing to Postmodern People
Listening to people’s story
Uncovering biases, idols, belief systems
Christianity Works!
Gospel Convo’s

APPLICATION

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