Stop, Drop, and Go

Dr. Jennifer Blake gives a sermon about the immediateness of our response to Jesus’ call. Based on Mark 1:14-20.

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*Call to Worship
As we gather today we seek the Lord’s guidance;
we listen for His voice, but how do we respond?
If He tells us to drop our nets,
would we stop and follow Him?
In the prayers and in the songs, in the noise and in the silence, listen to the Lord and know that we can trust in His will to guide our lives.
Let us worship God!

*Prayer of Confession
Dear Lord, we try to listen for Your call, but we are easily distracted by life: the things we have to do and the things we want to do. We become comfortable, even if that comfort doesn’t always bring us joy. Help us to turn down the volume around us so that we can easily hear You. Help us to recognize Your voice, above the noise of the day, and step out in faith to follow where You lead…

*Assurance of Pardon
Jesus promised that if we drop our nets and pick up the cross, we will walk with Him for eternity and receive grace, forgiveness and blessings beyond belief.
Thanks be to God!

Mark 1:14-20 (NRSV)

The Beginning of the Galilean Ministry
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”

Jesus Calls the First Disciples
16 As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed him.