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June 1st Sermon


This week’s sermon didn’t make it into digital form. So, I offer up a short synopsis of what was shared. Blessings!

Matthew 28:18-20

New International Version (NIV)

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Have you ever read this passage of scripture and felt the weight of this command of Jesus?


Go into all the world, every nation, and help the people you come into contact with turn around so that they can see that the Kingdom of Heaven is near to them – nearer than they ever realized. When they come to this realization, baptize them into the name of the Triune God. Make them a part of the family, fellow followers of Jesus, children of the Living God. Then teach them to obey everything that Jesus commanded.


I have to be honest, I don’t feel up to that task most of the time. I’m still working on that whole obeying everything that Jesus commanded thing for myself. And yet this is one of the commands.


In the beginning of his ministry, Jesus came across two sets of brothers, and he addressed this very topic:


Matthew 4:18-22

New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus is walking besides the sea, and there are Simon and Andrew fishing. What he says to them is interesting, especially in the original Greek. When he says, “Come, follow me,” there is a designation of place in the call, “Come, your place is to follow after me.”


What Jesus says next in the NIV version doesn’t fit the wording that I learned as a child. When I was a kid we learned this scripture through a song, and I’m sure that song was modeled after the King James Version of the Bible, because it went like this, “I will make you fishers of men.” Both versions are trying to say the same thing, but the word that is translated “make” in the KJV and “send out” in the NIV is a dynamic verb in the Greek with many facets. It holds meaning of making, ordaining, preparing.


What it’s all getting to is that Jesus was inviting, in fact telling them their purpose was to follow him, and if they did, Jesus would do a work in them, so that they would become fishers of people – drawing people into the Kingdom of God. The drawing factor, the thing that would bring people in being the work that Jesus was doing in them.

2 Corinthians 4:5-7

New International Version (NIV)

For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

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