“Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said . . . I brought him to your disciples, but they couldn’t heal him . . . Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy . . . then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?” he replied “because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed . . . nothing will be impossible for you.”
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
“God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins . . .” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”