Come Follow Me

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Reading: Matthew 4:12-23

This season in the Church’s calendar is Epiphany. Epiphany means “a light bulb moment”.  It’s also the process of Jesus being revealed:
– Being shown to the three wise men.
– Jesus being baptised.
– Seeing his ministry revealed more and more.
I’m a great fan of “How to” TV programmes like “How It’s Made and “Inside the Factory”. With all these things there is a well thought out process, trials and errors to arrive at a successful outcome.

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How does Jesus do that?
Jesus promises that we will do even greater things than the miracles that he performed. So the question is can I do that?

Doing things the Jesus way:
Purpose – Jesus knows what his Father wants and what he has been gifted to do.
Proclamation – He attracts and challenges by using stories.
Performance – He demonstrates the Kingdom of God.
Passing it on – He appoints key people to carry on.

Jesus uses two tools:
Teaching – Imparting knowledge.
Discipling – Living out the lessons that are taught; modelling how to be a good leader..

Within All Saints’ Church there are opportunities for discipleship:
Welcoming, Music, Prayer Ministry, Admin, Youth Work, Loving your Neighbour, Arranging flowers, Pastoral care, Parenting, Belling ringing etc. etc.
All Christians are leaders. We have the opportunity to encourage others to take steps in their Christian Journey.
In verse 19 Jesus says “Come, follow me..” Jesus uses language they can quickly understand when he says “and I will send you out to fish for people.”

Immediately the fishermen Simon & Andrew, James and John leave their nets to follow Jesus and become his disciples.
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Jesus’ plans for us is much better for us than any we could hope for.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11.
Are you experiencing all that God has for you? Don’t settle for mediocrity.
Do you want to live life to the fullest – determined to be all God wants you to be? Then allow the Holy Spirit to work in you and through you.
Are you ready for the Holy Spirit to work in you?
In our humanity we are weak, but in Jesus we are strong.