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Following Jesus (Part 2)

Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, HCSB). Let’s review.

First of all, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” A disciple is someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. They thought it through, have repented (which means a change of mind) and surrendered their life to Jesus. This deals with the head (for more details on what it means to “follow me” see part 1 of this series).

Secondly, Jesus says, “I will make you.” A disciple is being changed by Jesus. As we follow Jesus He changes us internally. We gain a new heart that begins to desire new things. Our values begin to align up with God’s kingdom. Our motives and emotions are reflecting God’s values more and more. We become more other-centered rather than self-centered. There is a distinction about us that says we love God and love people. Jesus is making us and transforming us into His image. This deals with our heart. Continue reading

Follow Me (part 1)

Jesus said, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people” (Matthew 4:19, HCSB). That is a powerful statement and is packed full of meaning. There are three major phrases in that statement. 

First of all, Jesus says, “Follow Me.” A disciple is someone who has made a decision to follow Christ. They thought it through, have repented (which means a change of mind) and surrendered their life to Jesus. This deals with the head.

Secondly, Jesus says, “I will make you.” A disciple is being changed by Jesus. As we follow Jesus He changes us internally. We gain a new heart that begins to desire new things. Our values begin to align up with God’s kingdom. Our motives and emotions are reflecting God’s values more and more. We become more other-centered rather than self-centered. There is a distinction about us that says we love God and love people. Jesus is making us and transforming us into His image. This deals with our heart.

Third, Jesus says He will make us “fish for people.” Jesus saved us for a purpose. You have a mission. You have a ministry. You have a job to do in God’s kingdom. You have been created in such a way and have been given a spiritual gift that equips you to reach and minister to other people (Eph. 2:8-10). This deals with your hands.

When Jesus said, “Follow Me, and I will make you fish for people,” He was addressing their head, heart, and hands: what they thought, how they felt, and what they did. This was a call to total life transformation. Continue reading

ThankFULL

People everywhere want to know what God’s will is for their life. I may not be able to tell you what God’s will is regarding who you should marry, what college you should attend, what job you should take, or whether or not God wants you to buy a new house, but I can with great confidence tell you that it is God’s will for you to be thankful regardless of who you marry, what college you go to, what job you take, or what house you buy. There is never a circumstance where you cannot be thankful in, and here is why. Continue reading

Discovering Your DESIGN

You have a unique DESIGN given to you by God for a specific purpose. Your uniqueness includes a God-given desire, experiences, spiritual gift, individual style, growth, and natural abilities. Many believers are not aware their design is an indication of how God wants to use them in His kingdom. So, how do you discover your DESIGN? Continue reading

6 Tips for Time Alone With God

As a pastor I’m often asked about how to grow spiritually. One of the best ways to begin your spiritual growth is to spend time alone with God. This is often referred to as “having a devotion” or a “quiet time.” A quiet time is dedicated time to hear what God has to say through His Word and to talk to God through prayer. Let me give you six tips to maximize your time alone with God. Continue reading

Why Be A Part Of A Life Group

God never intended you to live the Christian life alone. Throughout the Bible we are given various “one another” statements to apply to our lives. These involve loving one another (1 Thess. 3:12), encouraging one another (1 Thess. 5:1), serving one another (1 Peter 4:10), forgiving one another (Eph. 4:31-32), accepting one another (Rom. 15:7), honoring one another (Rom. 12:10), motivating one another (Heb. 10:24), and praying for one another (James 5:16), to name a few. It’s impossible to apply these in isolation. One of the best places to experience Christ at work is in a Life Group (a small group of believers ranging from 4-20 in number, that usually meet in a home for prayer, study of God’s Word, and fellowship). How does being a part of a Life Group help you mature as a follower of Jesus? Continue reading

Getting the Most out of Worship

Whether you have been going to church for a long time or just started, there are easy and practical things you can do to get the most out of the worship service. Before I share those items with you, I know some will read this and say, “Going to church is not about what we can get out of it, but what we can give to God and to others.” That is true, however preparing yourself to receive from others and God is just as important as preparing yourself to give to others. Let’s stay balanced and away from extremes. Besides, getting the most out of the worship service should result in life transformation at some level and that’s partly what it’s about (Romans 12:1-2). How can you get the most of the worship service? Continue reading

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