"Follow: Jesus Says"Stuart JonesToday is Back to Church Sunday. Many of you come back to church every week. It’s part of your routine. It’s a good thing. Many of you may be coming back to church for the first time in a long time. Maybe a friend invited you. Maybe you said you hoped the roof wouldn’t fall in if you walked through the door. Don’t worry. It won’t. We’ve been in this building for three months and a lot of people have walked through the door. If the roof hasn’t fallen in by now, you’re safe. And it’s a great day to be here. Stuart is starting a series called “Follow”. Regardless of where we’ve been, and we’ve all been in plenty of bad places, Jesus asks us to follow Him. The story starts with Matthew, a dishonest tax collector. Jesus saw Matthew and said, “Follow me.” Here’s what happened. Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?” Matt. 9:10-11 MSG Disreputable characters. Crooks. Riffraff. That’s a tough crowd. Jesus was comfortable in their presence. They were comfortable in His. That may surprise you. Of course, Matthew was probably surprised when he heard Jesus say, “Follow me.” You may hear more surprising things today. But first we want to say “Welcome back.” We’re glad you’re here!