When Jesus Calls

Pastors Rodney & Adonica Howard-Browne

Publish date: 03/31/2024

Foundation Scriptures:

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. 16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men. 18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him. 19 And when he had gone a little further thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets. 20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him. Mark 1:14-20 KJV


1. Preaching the Gospel.

a. Jesus was preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom.

b. Jesus declared, “The time is fulfilled.”

c. Which meant that, “The appointed period of time was now fulfilled, or completed.

d. Jesus was here to fulfill His mission.

e. And the Kingdom of God was at hand—even as it is today.

f. The Kingdom of God is at hand.

g. Salvation is available to all who will receive Him.

h. Jesus commanded them to repent and believe the Good News.


2. Looking for You.

a. Jesus is looking for you.

b. Simon and Andrew were fishermen.

c. They were busy working—casting their nets into the sea.

d. Jesus called them—as He calls you.

e. “Come and follow me, I will make you catch men.”

f. “I will make you fishers of men.”


3. Jesus.

a. What kind of Person is Jesus?

b. Someone Who can walk up to total strangers and tell them to follow Him.

c. And they do.

d. They leave everything and follow Him.

e. This is what is happening to you right now.

f. Jesus is calling you.

g. He is using my voice to speak to you.


4. Follow Me.

a. Jesus says, “Follow Me!”

b. “I want to use you.”

c. James and John were also fishermen.

d. They were in their ship, mending their nets.

e. He called them.

f. Immediately, they left to follow Him.

g. They left their father Zebedee in the ship, with the hired servants.

h. And they followed Jesus.


5. Preaching.

a. We have come to you, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom.

b. The Kingdom is here.

c. The Kingdom is now.

d. Jesus is standing with arms wide open.

e. He says, “Come unto me all you that labor and are heavy laden, I will give you rest.”

f. Matthew 11:28-30 KJV –– Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

g. Will you heed the call?

h. Will you follow Jesus today?

i. Come!