Week 1

Tom Harding


“Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all”

Helen Keller



Matthew 4:18–22 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”


And they left their nets at once and followed him. A little farther up the shore he saw two other brothers, James and John, sitting in a boat. . . And he called them to come, too. They immediately followed him 




Two Important Realities

The Call—Jesus invitation toward something.

The Cost—Jesus invitation to walk away from something.


Jesus had 10 encounters with people in a temple or a synagogue. These were mostly confrontational.


Jesus had 120 encounters with people in places outside of the temple or synagogue; in homes, roadsides, mountain sides, lakes, businesses. In these encounters, Jesus always helped people.



Matthew 9:12–13 “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” 13 Then he added, “Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” 


The conditions of a person’s life didn’t determine the value of a person’s life. 


I think Jesus wants us to feel the pressure of another human being. 


“Help one person at a time and always start with the person closest to you”

Mother Teresa


“There is nothing more tragic than a sick church in a dying world”

Leonard Ravenhill



Methods are many.

Principles are few.

Methods always change.

Principles never do.


“And the honest answer from me is, ‘So you’ll feel safe.’ And my kid looks up at me and says, ‘Really? That’s it? You want me to feel safe? Your grand ambition for my life is that nothing bad happens?’“

Gary Haugen



The Call—Jesus invitation toward something.

The Cost—Jesus invitation to walk away from something.