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Follow Me

Follow Me

Sep 17, 2017

Preacher: John Welborn

Series: Follow Me


September 17, 2017 
Pastor John Welborn 
Follow Me Jesus is Calling 
Mark 1:16-20 
What you should know about Mark: 
Mark was written by John Mark (Jewish, from Jerusalem, Barnabas’s cousin, close to Peter, traveled with Paul & Barnabas) Mark was the earliest (57AD) & shortest (16 chapters) Gospel. Mark was recording Simon Peter’s account of Jesus’ life. Mark was writing to a largely gentile (non-Jewish) audience. 
“Mark’s Gospel throbs with life & bristles with vivid details. We see with Peter’s eyes & catch almost the very look & gesture of Jesus as he moved among men in his work of healing men’s bodies & saving men’s souls.” A.T. Robertson “Mark is more than a book about Jesus. It is also a book about being a disciple of Jesus.” 
J.A. Brooks 
I. The Place of the Call
“Passing along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon & Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen ...And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee & John his brother, who were in their boat mending their nets.” 
Mark 1:16, 19 
“One of the two who heard John speak & followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon & said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which means Christ). He brought him to Jesus.”
John 1:40-42a 
II. The Purpose of the Call
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’ 
Mark 1:17 
“Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the LORD, and they shall catch them.” 
Jeremiah 16:16a 
“Instead of casting nets for fish, they would be trained to preach the gospel for the purpose of gathering in sinners. They would be prepared by Jesus Himself to become heralds of the kingdom through the proclamation of God’s gospel.” 
John MacArthur 
“And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’” 
Matthew 4:19 
III. The Power of the Call
“And immediately they left their nets & followed him...And immediately he called them, & they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants & followed him.” 
Mark 1:18, 20 
“To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Yet another said, ‘I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.’” 
Luke 9:59-62 
“Jesus says, ‘Follow Me, I will make you fishers of men;” but if you go in your own way, with your own net, you will make nothing of it, and the Lord promises you no help in it. The Lord’s directions make Himself our leader and example. It is, ‘Follow Me, follow Me. Preach My gospel. Preach what I preached. Teach what I taught, and keep to that.’...Do this, and He will make you fishers of men; but if you do not do this, you shall fish in vain.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon 
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 
1 Corinthians 1:9 
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” 
Luke 6:46
“No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.” 
1 John 3:9 
“He who calls you is faithful: he will surely do it.” 
1 Thessalonians 5:24 
Jesus is Calling: “FOLLOW ME!” 
Sources and Further Reading Opportunities: 
• Bible Exposition Commentary – Warren Wiersbe (1996)• Strong’s Concordance – James Strong (1890)• Tony Evans Book of Illustrations – Tony Evans (2009)• Swindoll’s Ultimate Book of Illustrations & Quotes – Charles Swindoll (1998) • Holman New Testament Commentary – R.L. Cooper (2000) 
• The New Bible Commentary – D.A. Carson (1994)• NIV Application Commentary – Gary V. Smith (2001)• Word Pictures in the New Testament – A.T. Robertson (1933)• MacArthur New Testament Commentary – John MacArthur (2015) • Insights for Living – Charles Swindoll (2017)• New American Commentary: Mark – J.A. Brooks (1991)• Mark: Jesus, servant and savior – R. Kent Hughes (1989)• God chose us anyway – J.D. Greear (2017)