Sunday, March 18, 2018

Why bother choosing to be a Follower of Jesus?

1 Peter 4:1-11 by Rev. David L.S. Robertson
Series:Why Bother - Winter 2018

I follow the Way of Jesus. I am a Christian. But what does that mean? I don’t know that if I had been born and raised in another part of the world in another culture in another faith whether I would be Christian today, but what I do know is that I am committed to the Way of Jesus. I am committed to following the teachings of Jesus and learning from the Way he lived. I have given my heart to this person who lived 2,000 years ago, who exuded the unconditional love of God, who challenged the authorities of the time just by being himself, and who suffered and ultimately died on a cross for preaching and living the love of God. Our scriptural guide this morning for exploring what it means to be a follower of Jesus is the 1st letter of Peter, chapter 4, found near the end of the New Testament. Peter, good old Peter. One of the first disciples called to follow Jesus, but at that time he was called Simon, the fisherman, who made his livelihood fishing for tilapia on the Sea of Galilee. Simon didn’t hesitate when Jesus walked by and said, “Simon, come and follow me.” Simon & his brother Andrew immediately heeded Jesus’ call, jumped out of the boat, abandoning their father Zebedee, who was left to deal with the day’s haul of fish.
Duration:23 mins 20 secs