Mat 4:19 “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Imperative: Mat 4:19  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Context:

Mat 04:18  As he walked 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.

Mat 4:19  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Mat 4:20  Immediately they left their nets and followed him.

Mat 4:21  And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.

Mat 4:22  Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

 
 
 


GREEK VERBS:   
JIG: Mat 4:19  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Verb … Imperative … 2nd person.
 
1205 [e]
Deute
Δεῦτε
Come follow
 
 
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Mat 4:19  And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
 
Context:

Matthew 28:19 fishing in the water

Matthew 28:20 mending = equipping on the shore … bifold, two places, two cooperating parts, ambidextrous

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S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this?


What does it mean to repent? 
FIRST priority task
Follow me and learn how to fish for people. 
Set up both kinds of disciples to be equipped 
– reapers and sowers … What we do OUTSIDE with others.
– menders and senders … What you are learning INSIDE our small groups.

Reflection on teaching in chapter 4:

1. General message: Repent.
2. Private invitation: follow me.
3. Responsive to needs brought: heal them. Draws a crowd.

What does it mean to repent? 

FIRST priority task
Follow me and learn how to fish for people.
Set up both kinds of disciples to be equipped 
– reapers and sowers … What we do OUTSIDE with others.
– menders and senders … What you are learning INSIDE our small groups.

S.O.W. QUESTIONS
S. What does it say?
O. What does it say that I need to obey?
W. Who needs to hear this? Generally? Specifically?
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DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
What gets your attention?
What human needs or problems relate to the text?
What is it like to have that problem?
What other resources connect to this idea?
What is the solution suggested in the text, if there is one?
What would a camera see if the solution was implemented in my life, in my family’s life, or in my church or community?
What are the steps that I would take on Monday to implement that solution?
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CONTEXTUALIZING QUESTIONS What does this say to my context as a ……. person?… follower of Jesus? … to a church? … to a community – my neighbors?

RESOURCES

What are the commands of Jesus Christ which we need to obey? In disciple-making, Jesus commanded the following in Matthew 28:20: “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” What are the commands that we are to follow and teach others as identified by Jesus’ use of the imperative mood in the Greek?

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01-28-18
“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:17-25
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