A Prayer about Following Jesus Prompted by Matthew 4:18-20

18While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Heavenly Father,

When Christ called his first disciples to follow him, he let them know that their primary focus would change.  Instead of catching fish they would now catch people, drawing others into a relationship with you through Jesus Christ.

How appropriate that some of your first followers did this kind of work!  They knew what it was to try to bring in a catch.  Sometimes they failed and sometimes they met with amazing success.  There was even a time when they fished all night and caught nothing until the risen Christ advised them.  When they listened to him, they caught more than they could bring into the boat.

Just as no fisherman ever catches all the fish in the sea, there will be many who will not listen to the call that we put out for them.  Still, there will be many others who will and it is for these that you have sent us.  

Remind us continually that this is our first priority.  We are to go and make disciples of all the nations.  Help us to no longer live for ourselves, but for you.  Let the Holy Spirit advise us now just as Jesus did those tired disciples.  Let us see souls won for Christ and disciples multiplied.  Let us not only see converts but see those won to you who will then make disciples of others.

And we ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, believing that this is your will for us.

Amen.

A Shared Assignment: The Great Commission – Matt 28, Luke 24, Acts 1

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 9 of 14

When Jesus Left, he left the church with something to do – make disciples of all the nations.

A Shared Assignment Matt Luke Acts.pdf 

A Shared Assignment Matt Luke Acts.mp3

 

 

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Make Disciples. Week 7: Mission

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Tomorrow evening we will get together for Week 7 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the seventh area on the map, Engaging God’s World: Mission.

Overview

Make Disciples. Week 07

During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward. 

Make Disciples. Week 3: Prayer

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This evening we will be gathering again for Week 3 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series. This one is on Prayer.   

Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the third area on the map, Embracing God’s Story: Prayer.

Overview

Week 3

During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward.  I’ll leave you with a prayer I composed a while back and which I keep at the top of my own prayer list document. 

Father, please use our nothingness to do something for your glory.  Despite our insignificance, do something truly significant.  Use our weakness to show that you are strong.  Use our limitations to show that nothing is too difficult for you.  Bypass our inadequate understanding by showing that you can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.  Apply your inexhaustible resources to our seemingly large, but ultimately finite, needs.  Use us to draw attention to your greatness in this inattentive world.  Bring the free gift of eternal life in Christ through us to a world that is lost and dying.  Amen.

Make Disciples. Week 2: The Bible

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Last week, on Wednesday, March 8, Dan Kane led the group through Week 2 of 12 in our “Make Disciples.” series.  During the 12 weeks, we are addressing areas on a comprehensive discipleship map.  After discussing each area, we will try to establish Milestones that would provide evidence of personal spiritual growth – markers that we work toward.

Below you will find links to an overview of the full 12 weeks and for the second area on the map, Embracing God’s Story: The Bible.

Overview

Week 2

Palmer St. Podcast: The Great Commission Psalm

Logo 1world mapAbraham was blessed in order to be a blessing to all nations.  The psalmist prays that Israel would be blessed for the same reason.  We can pray a similar prayer.

Psalm 67.mp3

Psalm 67,pdf

Psalm 67.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Lead Me to the Rock

Logo 1high rockJesus leads us to a place that is beyond our reach.  He is the Rock that is higher than us and far more solid and stable than we can ever be.

Psalm 61.mp3

Psalm 61.pdf

Psalm 61.pptx