New Series: Uncomfortably Close
- Mark 8:34-37 ESV “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.35 For whoever would save his life[d] will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul?
Anyone is Welcome to Follow
- The first disciples Jesus called were these very types. Fisherman. Peter, Andrew, James and John. Jesus turned the Rabbi culture upside down when he extended his invitation to them.
- Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
Anyone Means Everyone
- Matthew 9:10-13 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.
How did Matthew find peace with God? Through his 2-Fold response to Jesus’ invitation:
Matthew displayed one of the most radically changed lives in the Bible in response to an invitation from Jesus.