That’s Enthusiasm!

He left Nazareth and went down to live in Capernaum by the sea Oe

Matthew 4:13
Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

Sermon Topic


In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus begins His public ministry by moving from His own village of Nazareth to the larger city of Capernaum. It is evident that He was reaching out to a larger audience. It is evident also, that from the beginning, Jesus evoked an enthusiastic response from many people.

In today’s Lesson, Jesus walks along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Two brothers named Simon and Andrew are casting their fishing net into the water. Jesus says to them, “Come after Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Mt. 4:19). Whereupon, Simon and Andrew abandon their nets and become His followers. That’s enthusiasm!

Jesus than walks a little farther along the shore. Two other brothers, named Andrew and John, are in a boat, preparing for a day’s fishing with their father. Jesus calls them. Immediately, Andrew and John leave their father, their boat, their nets, and begin to follow Him.

Responding to the Presence of God in…

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