The Great Adventure

January 2018 Theme: “First Steps in Your Disciple-Making Journey”

Jesus gave the same invitation to everyone. It was simple, direct and called for a decision. It could be accepted or denied, but not ignored. The invitation was simply, “Follow me.” More than twenty-four times in the Gospels, Jesus invited people to follow Him. He invited the wealthy and powerful, the casual observer, the spiritual seekers, and even the religiously devoted. Jesus called everyone to follow Him. 

One day while walking along the Sea of Galilee, Jesus passed by fishermen caring for their nets. They had known Jesus for a while, but now it was time for them to make a decision.

“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’”(Matthew 4.19 ESV).

For those men, following Jesus meant leaving behind their old life to go with Jesus. It meant being trained by Jesus, learning to obey Jesus, and coming under the authority and leadership of Jesus. Ultimately, it meant living a life that looked just like Jesus — reflecting His character, priorities and practices. Jesus offers the same invitation today. He still calls men and women to follow Him.

While following Jesus doesn’t mean physically following Him around, it does mean turning from living your own life and choosing to live a new kind of life with Jesus in charge. Essentially, there are two ways to live. You can live with yourself in charge, going your way and pursuing your own happiness. Or you can live with Jesus in charge, going His way and pursuing what makes Him happy. This week you will discover that the first way to live always leads to a dead end and
separation from God, while the second way always leads to purpose, peace and assurance.

Written by Craig Etheredge

This blog is an excerpt that comes from our book Walk with God, which you can purchase here.

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  1. Just FINISHING walk with God. Blessed by this course facilitated by Judy fox in Charleston, SC. Thank you, craig!

    1. That is so amazing to hear. Please keep us updated on all God is doing through your groups in South Carolina!

  2. I heard you speak at the D-Conference on Thursday, January 11th, and purchased your book, Bold Moves. Further, I just found that you have an archive of Podcasts to explore. I am excited to dig into this material so I can understand Disciple-making better. Thank you for your ministry, and may God bless your future endeavors.

    1. Thank you for the encouragement, Cory. I pray God will use our material to spark something amazing in you and your ministry. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need anything. God Bless

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