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Let Us Follow

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"Follow Me." A simple and profound invitation from Jesus to His first disciples. Still today, Jesus asks each of us to follow Him as a His disciples. The question is, "What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?"

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LET US FOLLOW

Cheap Grace vs. Costly Grace

“Cheap Grace is the idea that our accounts have been paid in advance; and because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing… it means the justification of the sin without the justification of the sinner… it is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap Grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Cheap Grace is the idea that our accounts have been paid in advance; and because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing… it means the justification of the sin without the justification of the sinner… it is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap Grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Matthew 4:18–22 NASB95
18 Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they 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; and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.
Matthew 28:16–20 NASB95
But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:16-20
Following Jesus Requires Sacrifice

Following Jesus Requires Sacrifice

Simon and Andrew were just living life. They didn’t expect Jesus to come and ask them to leave everything they had ever known and follow Him.
Fishing was their livelihood and possibly the livelihood of their entire family. They were born, raised and would die in this occupation.
When Jesus came on the scene, they
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