Yesterday, I published a blog post called “Follow Jesus to do WHAT?” In that post, I stepped through the first part of the Gospel of Matthew to demonstrate that Jesus called Andrew, Peter, James and John. Then, after calling them, Jesus went through Galilee proclaiming the gospel, healing the sick, casting out demons, and setting the oppressed free. Finally, after modelling this for his followers, he told them to go out and do the same.
So, here are a few follow-up quesitons: 1) As followers of Jesus, are we also called to proclaim the gospel, heal the sick, cast out demons, and set the oppressed free? Or, was this only the mission of Jesus and his first twelve disciples? 2) If we are called to this same ministry, then how do we carry it out? 3) Also, if we are called to this same ministry, then should our service focus on each aspect of Jesus’ ministry, or are certain aspects more important than others? 4) If some aspects are more important, how do we decide which aspects are more important?