10/02/2019: Fishing for People

Call to Worship:        Psalm 138

Praise the Lord with All Your Heart

1 With all my heart
  I praise you, Lord.
  In the presence of angels
  I sing your praises.
I worship at your holy temple
  and praise you for your love
  and your faithfulness.
  You were true to your word
  and made yourself more famous
  than ever before.
When I asked for your help,
  you answered my prayer
  and gave me courage.

All kings on this earth
  have heard your promises, Lord,
  and they will praise you.
You are so famous
  that they will sing
  about the things you have done.
Though you are above us all,
  you care for humble people,
  and you keep a close watch
  on everyone who is proud.

I am surrounded by trouble,
  but you protect me
  against my angry enemies.
  With your own powerful arm
  you keep me safe.

You, Lord, will always
  treat me with kindness.
  Your love never fails.
  You have made us what we are.
  Don’t give up on us now!

 

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

OT Reading: Isaiah 6:1-8 (CEV)

A Vision of the Lord in the Temple

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I had a vision of the Lord. He was on his throne high above, and his robe filled the temple. Flaming creatures with six wings each were flying over him. They covered their faces with two of their wings and their bodies with two more. They used the other two wings for flying, as they shouted,

“Holy, holy, holy, Lord All-Powerful! The earth is filled with your glory.”

As they shouted, the doorposts of the temple shook, and the temple was filled with smoke. Then I cried out, “I’m doomed! Everything I say is sinful, and so are the words of everyone around me. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord All-Powerful.”

One of the flaming creatures flew over to me with a burning coal that it had taken from the altar with a pair of metal tongs. It touched my lips with the hot coal and said, “This has touched your lips. Your sins are forgiven, and you are no longer guilty.”

After this, I heard the Lord ask, “Is there anyone I can send? Will someone go for us?” “I’ll go,” I answered. “Send me!”

 

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

  1. Think about the creatures Isaiah describes (vs.2-3) and also his reaction to being in the presence of God (vs.4-5). How do you think you would react if you found yourself in God’s presence? 
  2. Think about the symbolism of (vs 6-7). Do you need God to touch your life with a cleansing “burning coal”? _
  3. Has God placed a “Call” on your life (vs.8)? If so, what is it? 

NT READING:          Luke 5:1-11 (CEV)

Jesus Chooses His First Disciples

1 Jesus was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, teaching the people as they crowded around him to hear God’s message. Near the shore he saw two boats left there by some fishermen who had gone to wash their nets. Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon and asked him to row it out a little way from the shore. Then Jesus sat down in the boat to teach the crowd.

 

When Jesus had finished speaking, he told Simon, “Row the boat out into the deep water and let your nets down to catch some fish.”

“Master,” Simon answered, “we have worked hard all night long and have not caught a thing. But if you tell me to, I will let the nets down.” They did it and caught so many fish that their nets began ripping apart. Then they signalled for their partners in the other boat to come and help them. The men came, and together they filled the two boats so full that they both began to sink.

 

When Simon Peter saw this happen, he knelt down in front of Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t come near me! I am a sinner.” Peter and everyone with him were completely surprised at all the fish they had caught. 10 His partners James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were surprised too.

Jesus told Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you will bring in people instead of fish.” 11 The men pulled their boats up on the shore. Then they left everything and went with Jesus.

 

Contemporary English Version (CEV) Copyright © 1995 by American Bible Society

  1. Who are the key role players in the story? _
  2. Why do you think Jesus asked Peter to go out into “deep water” (vs.4)? 
  3. Do you feel the depth of your spirituality is “shallow” or “deep”? Why? 
  4. Jesus called Peter to “follow him” (vs. 10-11). What do you think some of the consequences were for Peter, and others, when they answered the call to follow? 
  5. Have you had to endure “consequences” as a result of your faith? 
  6. How do you deal with “change” in your life? 
  7. Is Jesus “Calling” you to a new life? 
  8. Are you willing to “Go Fishing for People”? 

God bless,

Rev. Tim

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