The Jesus story has shaped civilizations and culture for more than 2,000 years. We know that Jesus is like us; and so, in him, we can find our humanity. Jesus shows us how to live fully for God and for others. As a leader, Jesus sets an example by his words and deeds full of grace and rooted in God’s love. As his followers, we must ask ourselves, what compelling reason might there be to follow Jesus today? Why Jesus?
—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)
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And [Jesus] said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
—Matthew 4:19-20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Each day this week, add a different person or group of people to this simple prayer:
Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
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