Jesus Calls the First Disciples


Jesus Calls the First Disciples

Mark 1:16-20

  1. Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
  2. Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
  3. Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
  4. Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
  5. Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
  6. Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
  7. Baptized by John, tempted by Satan, arriving back in Nazareth of Galilee, Jesus begins to call disciples.
  8. No one of the Twelve volunteered; they all were called or chosen by Jesus directly.
  9. Jesus had met Andrew and Simon (Peter), and likely James and John, at the time of the baptism by John.
  10. Perhaps Jesus had asked about where they lived and worked. He sought them out. First Andrews and Peter.
  11. “Follow Me” Jesus said, and this served as an invitation to join Him as a disciple. Generally students applied directly to rabbis in order to join their rabbinical school.
  12. “Fishers of men” – a metaphor, not to be taken literally. Now people, whom the Father seeks and loves, will be the focus of the rest of their lives.
  13. Immediately they followed Jesus. Likely they returned home to say goodbye and pack a bag. Not told this though.
  14. Then James and John – two sets of brothers, all fisherman, and who probably knew each other.
  1. It is an adventure of the highest order to follow Jesus, one

from which we never retire. And Jesus is always walking

just ahead of us, encouraging us along the way.


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