Ricky Harris

Jesus Calls the First Disciples

The Gospel of Mark
May 29, 2022
Mark 1:14-20

In this message Pastor Ricky teaches from Mark 1:14-20, where Jesus called the first disciples to follow Him. What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus? That is what we explore in this sermon.

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Jesus Calls the First Disciples

The Gospel of Mark // Mark 1:14-20

MARK 1:14-15

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

The kingdom of God is “God’s sovereign activity in the world resulting in people being in right relationship with himself”

Jesus’ invitation is to Be with Jesus (Mark 1v16-20)

Follow me

disciple = learner or student

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Reading God’s word, Prayer, Community, and the Discipline of Solitary

Have you prioritized being with Jesus?

Jesus’ invitation is to Be Transformed by Him (Mark 1v17-18)

Sanctification= the process of being made like Jesus.

Sanctification is becoming in practice what we are in truth.


“When Jesus calls a man, he bids him to come and die.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer


 “To be invited by Jesus to be a disciple is to be invited out of mediocrity. You’re invited into the kingdom of God. You go from fish to men. You go from a couple of dollars to a kingdom. So, Jesus’ invitation is always for something greater for our hearts.” - John Tyson

Are you open to Jesus re-arranging your life?

Jesus’ invitation is to Become like HIM (Mark 19v20)

The way we follow Jesus is by leaving everything.


“A disciple is anyone whose ultimate goal is to live as Jesus would live if he were in their place.” - Dallas Willard

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matt. 28:19-20


“When it was a question of perishing, God sent his son, but when it was a question of hearing the Gospel, God sent you.” - E.V. Hill

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