Fishers of Men
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. And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
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.
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”
“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.”
Keeping with the Christmas theme and with the theme on discipleship here is a gift.
This is called an Inclusio in understanding the Scripture - Matthews Gospel begins with the announcement of Gabriel to Joseph that he is to keep Mary a virgin until after the birth of Jesus.
Matthew then quotes
We are talking about discipleship, or disciplemaking as part of the culture of the church. That is, that Long Branch Covenant Church become a disciple making church.
It is not following a religion.