Diving into the Gospel of Mark, Pastor Greg Laurie reveals how men of opposing beliefs and lifestyles ended up banded together under the same cause: the kingdom of God. “Follow Me!” from Mark 1 is the latest message in our series, The Gospel for Busy People.
Many do not really understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
- Read: Mark 1:16–20
Jesus now begins to put His team together.
They were quite ordinary, hopelessly human, and remarkably unremarkable.
Simon and Andrew had been disciples of John the Baptist.
James and John, the Sons of Thunder are also called.
Mark’s details indicate the testimony of an eyewitness, probably Peter.
All of these men were doing something when Jesus called them.
If you want to be used by God, get busy doing something for the Lord!
Do what you can where you can do it.
If you want to be used by God, be faithful with what is before you now.
The disciples were seeing the power of Jesus over demons and sickness; soon they would see He even had power over death itself.
We need to bring Jesus home.
Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost.
- Read: Mark 2:1–5
We need to work together if we want to bring our friends to Jesus.
We are so much stronger together as a church.
One prays, another shares, God does the work.
Jesus immediately got to the heart of the problem . . . the man’s sin.
“‘I will prove to you that the Son of Man has the authority on earth to forgive sins.’ Then Jesus turned to the paralyzed man and said, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and go home!’”
“‘My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.’ Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.” —John 5:17–18
- Read: Mark 2:13–15
Levi (or Matthew) collected taxes for Rome.
Matthew was a man who knew God’s Word and turned against it.
The faith that cannot be tested is the faith that cannot be trusted.
“As He walked along, He saw Levi sitting at his tax collector’s booth.”
In Greek, the phrase Follow Me means, “to walk the same road.”
In other words, Jesus is saying, “I command you to follow Me each and every day.”
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh.” —Romans 13:14
Make Jesus part of every decision.
“So Levi got up and followed Him.” —Matthew 9:9
Matthew knew the cost of following Jesus and willingly paid it.
The Bible says, “Jesus was a friend of sinners.”
Jesus built bridges to nonbelievers instead of burning them.
Are you a follower of Jesus?
- Luke 16:10
- Mark 1:31
- Mark 1:32–34
- 1 Corinthians 3:6–7
- Mark 2:10–11
- Mark 2:14
- Mark 2:15
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