Bible Text: Matthew 4:17-22 | Preacher: Durwin Kicker | An Invitation
September 15, 2019
Why are you here?
You are here by invitation.
Maybe someone invited you to come here today.
All of us are here by God’s invitation.
Let’s look at an invitation Jesus gave to his followers – his disciples…
This is a passage that has perhaps impacted me the most in the last three or four years…
An invitation to know and follow Jesus
We can know who Jesus is, but not be a follower of Jesus
As we read the opening pages of the gospels, Jesus was revealing himself to people as he began his public ministry.
Matthew 4: Jesus called Andrew, Peter, James, and John
Being a disciple is not ONLY knowledge
It begins in knowledge
But it requires faith
Our faith must be grounded in action
James 2:17-19, 26 (ESV)
17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe–and shudder!
26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.
What is the action of a disciple?
We cannot be a follower only philosophically.
We cannot be a follower in name only.
We follow with literal action
Matthew 4:20-22 says Peter, Andrew, James, John left their boats, nets, career to fully follow Jesus
Too often in the church today we have equated knowledge of Jesus with being a follower of Jesus.
A true disciple is one who knows and follows Jesus!
App: So where are you today in regard to knowing Jesus and following Jesus?
Transition: We need to realize that following Jesus doesn’t mean we “have arrived” spiritually.
This invitation to know and follow Jesus is…
An invitation to be changed by Jesus
Jesus says, “Follow me and I will make you…”
As we begin to follow Jesus, he begins to change us.
He begins to make us into who He wants us to be.
As he brings about that change, Jesus might use what is already in our lives
Andrew, Peter, James, John were fishermen who would then “fish for men.”
Jesus would use their knowledge of fishing, but changed the object of their fishing.
Matthew was a tax collector. We immediately see Jesus at Matthew’s house with all his tax collector friends (Matthew 9).
Jesus used the relationships Matthew already had. No doubt Jesus changed Matthew from the greed and dishonesty that characterized tax collectors of his day.
Jesus may remove something that’s in the way of following him
Jesus told the rich young man in Matthew 19: “Go sell your possessions and give to the poor…”
And Jesus changes – and is changing – us!
It takes faith and trust to allow Jesus to bring about change.
But he even changes us by developing in us faith and trust in Him.
How has Jesus changed you as you have become his disciple?
Would you be willing to allow Jesus to bring change into your life?
Our vision: “We exist to glorify God and to see lives changed.”
Are you one of those lives God wants to change?
He is inviting you to come to Him and let Him bring about that change.
An invitation to join the mission of Jesus
What is the mission of Jesus?
Jesus here describes it: “I will make you fishers of men.”
It involves using what God has given us and being willing to give it away so others can see and know the love of God.
Like the disciples of Acts 2: selling their possessions and giving to anyone who had need.
It is realizing the abilities God has given us, and now using those abilities for His glory.
Whether that is fishing, or people skills, or the ability to teach, or love, or give, or organize, or speak, or show compassion, etc.
Whatever your spiritual gift; whatever your ability God has given you.
What does being a “fisher of men” look like in your life?
Perhaps more importantly: Who will you impact? Who will you bless?
Who will you invite to also follow Jesus?
Today will you answer the invitation of Jesus…
…to know Him and follow Him?
…to let Him bring about the change Jesus desires to make in you?
…to join His mission and invite others to also become “fishers of men”?