Contagious Commitment

Matthew 4:18-22  And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for thy were fishermen.  Then He said to them "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."  They immediately left their nets and followed Him.  Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the sun of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them  and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

Jesus was contagious

  • Disciples followed them without reservation
  • Follow me tells me
    • won't be alone
    • you know where you are going
    • I am going to discover something
  • Following FAIL : Mark 10:17-22
    • The rich young ruler

 

Following Jesus takes commitment

  • Jesus illustrated His commitment
  • Commitment is a decision
  • Commitment takes determination
  • Commitment will be rewarded

 

A pattern of commitment for followers of Christ:

  • The demands to follow Jesus: Luke 9:57-62
  • Develop a relationship: James 4 pattern:
    • Submit to God v.7
    • Resist the devil v.7
    • Draw near to God v.8
    • Cleanse your hands v.8
    • Purify your minds v.8