Following Jesus

  Jesus saw Matthew sitting at the tax booth.

“Follow me,” he said to him.
And he got up and followed him.  
Matthew 9:9

Yes, it is that simple.  This is just the beginning of a beautiful new life! 

Your new life starts with FREEDOM, freedom from guilt.

“If the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed…  
All his transgressions that he hath committed,
they shall not be mentioned unto him:
in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.
Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD:
and not that he should return from his ways, and live? “
Ezekiel 18:21-23

God says He gets PLEASURE from giving you life!

“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
for the remission of sins”  
Acts 2:38

To become a Christian you must:

  1. Repent of  your sins,
  2. Be baptized in open confession of your change,
  3. And follow Jesus Christ.

Why are we called Christians?

Followers of Jesus were first called Christians at the city of Antioch.  It was much the same way any Greek-speaker would have identified a follower of Aristotle as Aristotelian or followers of Epicurus as Epicureans.  This was a common Greek practice for naming groups.The Believers at Antioch must have distinguished themselves as followers of Jesus Christ above all other names.  They were not called by the name of any common man; they were called Christians. 

Who is a Christian? 

The simple answer is one who follows Jesus Christ

How does one follow Jesus Christ? 

Our Lord answered the question himself,

“If anyone desires to come after me,
let him deny himself,
and take up his cross and follow me.”
Matthew 16:24  

  • A Follower is one who denies himself. 
    He does not live to protect his own rights, even if that leads to his own cross.
  • A Follower of Jesus is one who seeks to conform his words and his actions to the words and actions of Jesus Christ.
    A Christian may fall, but he will “seek to be justified by Christ,” Galatians 2:17.  

“If we confess our sins
he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
I John 1:9

  • A Follower  is one who lives by faith in the forgiveness of God our Father; 
    Therefore the Christian will forgive others who do him harm. 

“If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
but if you forgive men not their trespasses,
neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Matthew 6:14-15

  • A Christ Follower is one who will not seek his own welfare, but that of others. 

“Open thy mouth for the mute
in the cause of all who are appointed unto death.”
Proverbs 31:8  
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27  

One clear example of following the Lord in this way is to decry abortion.
To speak and to act in defense of the defenseless is to follow Jesus Christ and his teachings.

  • A Follower of Jesus Christ will live in such a way before both God and men
    as to move the secular community to say,

“That person follows Jesus Christ.” 
A Christian should be called a Christian in his own community. 

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