“The Bible Tells About Jesus’ Followers”

“The Bible Tells About Jesus’ Followers”
Woodlawn Baptist Church
April 6, 2011

Jesus Called His Disciples (Matthew 4:18-22; 10:1-4)

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers; Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They immediately left their nets and followed Him.  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. He called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him. 

And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Now the names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

Jesus found twelve special followers and named them His disciples.  What’s so special about each one of these men was their willingness to leave EVERYTHING behind and follow Jesus.  

Something to think about:  A disciple is one who is taught by another; he is a learner.  Disciples were expected to physically follow his teacher wherever he went.  How willing are we to drop everything that WE feel is important to us and follow Jesus?

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