An Invitation to Disciple-Shift

By Rick Bayer, April 11, 2021

Matthew 4:17-22

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

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.

“Come”: A disciple knows and v. 19a

“I will make you”: A disciple is v. 19b

“Fishers of men”: A disciple is commited to the v. 19c

Questions D group and/or personal reflection:


  • Recall a time when God asked you to do a 180-degree turn? What were you feeling at the time? How did you feel afterwards as you obeyed Him?

Go to the Source:

  • Read Matthew 4:19 in a number of different translations.
  • “Come follow me”: Is Jesus the boss and CEO of your life?
  • “I will make you”: How responsive are you to the transforming work of Jesus in your heart?
  • “fishers of men”: how clear are you in the mission Jesus is calling you to? How can your group help?

Live it out:

  • What is Jesus saying to you? What are going to do about it?