Series Big Idea: The Christian life is a series of invitations. And each invitation from Jesus is meant to help take us deeper in our daily walk and faith. It begins with an invitation to follow, to awaken and experience God, an invitation to experience the full freedom that God has for us as we let go of our guilt, shame, and regret. The invitation to change not only our hearts and behavior but also the way that we think. And finally, the invitation to abide, to be ‘in Christ'. These invitations are intended to take us deeper and live the life God has called us to.
Message Big Idea: Jesus invited four fishermen to follow him. He asked them to leave behind their trade, business, security, and homes. He invited them to continue to do what they knew to do, just with a different focus. They were not to focus on fish in the lake, but people. He redirected their purpose. This is the same invitation he is giving us. The invitation to follow Jesus redirects our purpose. When Jesus invites us to follow Him, he’s inviting us into a new and bigger purpose. The invitation is to bring Jesus into our regular daily activities and events.
Main Idea: The invitation to follow Jesus redirects our purpose.
Main Text: Matthew 4:18-22
Supporting texts: John 10:10
General Message Notes
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When you get an invitation, what would make you feel honored and excited to receive it or what would cause you to feel obligated or less than excited to accept it?
What was the most important invitation you ever got? What was the most important invitation you gave? Why?
Jesus invited four fishermen to leave their families, homes, and livelihoods to follow him. What’s shocking about both the invitation and the response? If the fishermen were to ask you for your opinion regarding whether they should accept, what do you think you would say?
Jesus redirected the fishermen’s life purpose from fishing for fish to fishing for people. How do you sense that Jesus has invited you to redirect your purpose? How would you describe your purpose in life as you follow Jesus?
What do you struggle with that keeps you from fully following Jesus and being fully alive?