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FOLLOW ME

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JESUS IF FOR EVERYONE!!

Jesus invites all to follow Him

STORY RECAP FROM LESSON 1
Eric collapses. Family and friends desperately try to revive him. Pastor Kyle was across town at a high school football game when he received the news of Eric’s heart attack and then Kyle rushes to the hospital as Eric’s friends and family are given the devastating news. Eric has lost all brain function. The family makes the painful decision to let Eric go.
the next day, Kyle arrives at the Nelsons home to pay his respects and offer pastoral care. As Kyle speaks with friends and family about the difficult details of Eric’s life emerge. Eric had suffered a mild heart attack five years earlier. The near death experience caused him to completely surrender his life to Jesus. He went from fan to follower and is had a profound impact on those around him. Eric’s wife, is forced to evaluate what really matters in life. Darren, Eric’s longtime business associate, subtly indicates that their friendship was strained when Eric took a new job. Eric’s father, Bill dislikes the new job and the people whom Eric worked with and claims his objections were on Christian principle. Gary Eric’s friend since high school, alludes to Eric’d dark past and subsequent transformation.
WATCH LESSON 2: FOLLOW ME

So we see that Eric’s friend Gary felt disqualified to follow Jesus , maybe it was from bad choices or something else but I also believe it would be from Satan condemning him, see there is a difference between conviction and condemnation. Condemnation that Satan loves to use will make you run from God and conviction is used by the Holy Spirit to help you run to Jesus.
A funny story I saw on the news this week, there was a man and women were being chased in a stolen vehicle and then got out and started running from the police and while frantically running a video from a building caught the man looking around panicking until he runs into the building and not knowing until he got in the building did he realize it was the police station. hopefully the young man might think in the future and turn from life of crime before he gets into worse crimes.
That could be us running from God frantically to do what we feel is right even though we are sinning and we are not in God’s will for our lives and Jesus is convicting us to come and follow Him.
We find four separate list of disciples in Matthew, Mark, Luke, & Acts but in Matthew he describes himself as the tax collector but does not note the other disciples occupations
let,s read the story of Jesus inviting Matthew to follow Him, in Matthew 9:9-12

Jesus Calls Matthew

9 As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.

10 Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. 11 But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”

12 When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

What is interesting is we find four separate list of disciples in Matthew, Mark, Luke, & Acts but in Matthew he describes himself as the tax collector but does not note the other disciples occupations, I feel Matthew was overwhelmed that Jesus would not just talk to a sinner like him BUT asked him to follow Him cause you see in vs 11 how the Pharisees felt about him and other sinners and how the Pharisees felt they were above Matthew and the other sinners, I would say evangelism is not the Pharisee’s gift lol.

14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.

15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”

17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”

BUT on the other hand we see Matthew (evangelizing) inviting his friends to come and see and be apart of what Jesus was offering, forgiveness and a relationship with Him and a NEW ETERNAL LIFE that begins when we except Jesus and follow Him all the way to eternity and eternity is a long time!
BUT JESUS IS FOR EVERYONE
The NHL has a campaign right now stating “Hockey is for everyone” even though their campaign is to get more people to follow Hockey and of course it benefits the NHL. Jesus has been telling everyone for centuries that HE IS FOR EVERYONE this is not just a temporary slogan as the NHL's slogan will be, this is Jesus truth forever.

Jesus Calls Levi (Matthew)

27 Later, as Jesus left the town, he saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”

31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

See many sinners hung around Jesus, which seems contradictory to the way it usually is. the irreligious typically don’t like being around the religious. why is this so?
Jesus loves them, everyone wants to be truly loved
Many sinners hung around Jesus, which seems contradictory to the way it usually is. the irreligious typically don’t like being around the religious. why is this so?
Jesus will forgive all our sins we just need to confess them and He has the ability to forgive them and will
Jesus loves excepts everyone and then uses His Holy Spirit to change them and us He loves all of us too much to leave us they way we are.i
It is not our job to change people that is Jesus Holy Spirit, we are to point them to Jesus and let Him do the rest
WE WILL END WITH THESE SCRIPTURES
ROMANS 10:9-15

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.”

THERE ARE TWO THINGS THIS WEEK I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE US IN
Let’s ask ourselves what can I do to FOLLOW Jesus closer this week?
Who can I tell and share Jesus with?
We may not all be evangelist but we are all called to evangelize in our sphere of influence

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

So let’s all go out and tell someone this week that
JESUS IS FOR EVERYONE
MISSION STATEMENT
REDEEMED EMPOWERED DISCIPLES
Rooted in Christ
Cultivating Unity in the commUnity through
Spreading the love of Jesus &
Growing the kingdom of heaven.
a Growing Fellowship SERVING
a Growing CommUnity
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