Click here to listen to Pastor Nate Hall’s sermon “Multiply”
Listen. The purpose of an apple tree is to produce more apple trees. Everything God created in the natural world is made to reproduce. The same is true of followers of Jesus. Disciples exist to make new followers of Jesus. This is why Jesus called his disciples to do two things in Mark 1:14-20:
- “Come, follow me” — Learn and live Jesus’ teaching because you have repented of your sins and believe the good news that Jesus our king has come to save us. We follow Jesus out of gratitude, not as a means to get his favor.
- “I will make you fishers of men (men and women)” – We are called to make new disciples of Jesus who also follow Jesus and invite others.
Reflection. Who has helped you learn to follow Jesus? How did they do it? How can you do for others what this person did for you?
Set Goals. Be sure to make these goals personal and specific.
- What will you do this week to meditate, listen and respond to God’s teaching on “multiplication”? (See Scriptures on the back of this insert.)
- Who are some people in your life that you can help to follow Jesus? (Write down some names.) Make a plan to pray for them on a regular basis.
Jesus invited Peter, James, John and Andrew, all fishermen, with an invitation specifically adapted to them (“I will make you fishers of men”). How might you specifically invite the people in your life to follow Jesus with you? Look for opportunities to give a personalized invitation.
The Scriptures on Multiplication
Mark 1:17 –“Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mark 5:20 – Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you.”
2 Timothy 2:2 – And the things you heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will be able to teach others.
Matthew 5:19b – “…whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”