Luke 5:27-32

27After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.
29And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

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Luke 6:12-16

12In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. 13And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles: 14Simon, whom he named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip, and Bartholomew, 15and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon who was called the Zealot, 16and Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

Matthew 10:5-11

5These twelve Jesus sent out, instructing them, “Go nowhere among the Gentiles and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay. 9Acquire no gold or silver or copper for your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics or sandals or a staff, for the laborer deserves his food. 11And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart.

John 21:15-19

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

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About this Sermon:

Preached: September 24, 2014

Congregation: South Plains College Baptist Student Ministry

Series: The Journey of Life

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Sermon Notes

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • No toll booth operators? Really? Why not?
  • Not only was Matthew collecting taxes, he was doing it against his heritage.
  • Matthew was alone, being spit on and mocked by the community around him, but Jesus changed everything.
The Call of Matthew: Matthew 9:9-13, Mark 2:13-17, Luke 5:27-32
  • Matthew was so happy to be accepted by a rabbi, that he threw a party…. with the only people he knew. (Dirty Sinners) Jesus was there.
  • Jesus came for the sinner, those that admit they can’t do it on their own.
  • Community is for those that want it.
  • Community is for those that are called out.

What does community do?

  • Look at what Jesus says in this passage: Community will call sinners to repentance.
    • Not happy go lucky, but a serious examination of the soul. Community will find our sin, expose it in love (if necessary), and work to redeem it.
  • Community will change us.
    • One chapter over from his calling, Matthew 6:15. Luke is suddenly calling Levi, Matthew. His name has changed.
    • A little time with Jesus, and Levi becomes Matthew “The Gift of God” He’s Changed. He’s reflecting Jesus.
  • Community will call us to share the Gospel.
    • Matthew 10:5-33
    • Community redeems together. They redeem each other and go into the world to redeem the earth.
  • Community is human. But Jesus redeems.
    • John 21:15-19

You need community

  • The Church: Jesus’ Bride
    • God’s plan is the church. We are called to be the body of Christ, loving God, loving one another, and loving the world.
    • The BSM will go away, the Church won’t.
    • You need the church, and the church needs you.
  • Personal Community
    • Share my story
    • Join a dorm Bible Study
    • Get friends who do this.
      • Keep walking.