Fishers Of Men Sermon by Rob Elder – 1/27/2013

Gospel According to Luke Chapter 5:1-11 NRSV (Text for Sermon)

Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.’ Simon answered, ‘Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.’ When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, ‘Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!’ For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.’When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What does it mean to be fishers of people?

  2. How can we be fishers of people?

  3. Is Jesus talking about evangelism or something else?

  4. Where do we cast our net? Do you do it at our spheres of influence or go out of our comfort zone?

  5. What at FPC Vancouver do we do to throw out our nets? As a presbytery? As a denomination (PCUSA)?

  6. What at FPC are we doing to effectively cast our nets?

  7. Is there something that you can be doing to cast out your net?

  8. What do you do that is effective in casting your net?

  9. Is this we will build it and they will come? Or do we go out with this net and actually catch people?

  10. As Christians, are we effective at doing this?

  11. Do we have to leave everything we know to follow Jesus and to cast our nets?

  12. Is Jesus speaking about church growth in this passage or is he speaking about spiritual growth?

  13. Is our language, worship, outreach as Christians effective at catching people, here at FPC?


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