An INVITATION Can Change A Life

The lasting impact of the apostles who were the first followers of Jesus can only be imagined in statements like this from Jesus.   Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  Matthew 19:28 ESV

One of those apostles was named Nathanael and it was a simple INVITE to “come and see” from his friend Philip that led him to Jesus.  Check it out.

43 The next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher, and walking the same path of life that I walk].” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote about—Jesus from Nazareth, the son of Joseph [according to public record].” 46 Nathanael answered him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip replied, “Come and see.” 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward Him, and said of him, “Here is an Israelite indeed[a true descendant of Jacob], in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor duplicity!”48 Nathanael said to Jesus, “How do You know [these things about] me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you, when you were still under the fig tree, I saw you.”49 Nathanael answered, “Rabbi (Teacher), You are the Son of God; You are the King of Israel.” 50 Jesus replied, “Because I said to you that I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe [in Me]? You will see greater things than this.”  John 1:43-50 Amp

I’ve been using my PEEPS to invite different people in our community to our Easter Services at Grace, and I’m believing God is going to change lives as people have a chance to experience Jesus during those services on Easter weekend.  I INVITE you to join me and INVITE someone to Easter Services at Grace – or if you attend another church, INVITE them to your church.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have four grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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One Response to An INVITATION Can Change A Life

  1. Steve Barker says:

    Missed you today. Great message. I needed that! Thank Rocky.

    Sent from my iPhone

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