Matthew 4:17-2217 Fromthat time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for thekingdom of heaven has come near.”Jesus Calls His First Disciples18 AsJesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw twobrothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They werecasting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come,follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish forpeople.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.21 Goingon from there, he saw two other brothers, James son ofZebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with theirfather Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 andimmediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
When Jesus asked thesemen to follow Him, what did He say He would make them?
What do you think Jesusmeant by the words “fishers of men.”?
*What were you doingwhen Jesus called you tobelieve in Him? Did you follow Him?
Matthew 10:16-2216 “Iam sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be asshrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. 17 Be on your guard;you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in thesynagogues. 18 On my account you will be brought beforegovernors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. 19But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or howto say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it willnot be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speakingthrough you.21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child;children will rebel against their parents and have them put todeath. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the onewho stands firm to the end will be saved.
Does what Jesus said soundvery appealing or attractive?
What are some of the things that will happen to the disciples?
Would you say that Jesus isbeing upfront about what it means to be a disciple?
*How does this make you feel?Excited, discouraged, etc.
Matthew 10:24-3124 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above hismaster. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, andservants like their masters. If the head of the house has beencalled Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!26 “So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed thatwill not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 27What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what iswhispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. 28 Do not be afraidof those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, beafraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them willfall to the ground outside your Father‟s care.[b] 30 And even thevery hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don‟t be afraid;you are worth more than many sparrows.
What were they not to fear?What were they supposed to fear?
Matthew 10:32-4032 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledgebefore my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, Iwill disown before my Father in heaven.34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I didnot come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn“„a man against his father,a daughter against her mother,a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—36 a man‟s enemies will be the members of his own household.‟[c]37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthyof me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is notworthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me isnot worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoeverloses their life for my sake will find it.40 “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomesme welcomes the one who sent me.