BIBLE STUDY NOTES | Followers & Fishermen

Read Mark 1:14-20

14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News.[f] 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

The First Disciples

16 One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon[g] and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” 18 And they left their nets at once and followed him.

19 A little farther up the shore Jesus saw Zebedee’s sons, James and John, in a boat repairing their nets. 20 He called them at once, and they also followed him, leaving their father, Zebedee, in the boat with the hired men.


  1. Warm up Question – Do you enjoy fishing? Have you ever gone fishing? Do you have a favourite fishing story?
  1. The key verse for this week is verse 17: “Follow me and I will make you fish for people”. Think about this in two sections:
  • What does it mean to “follow” someone?
  • What do the words “make you” imply for the person who is following?
  1. Does the fact that a person believes in God mean that they are also following God? Use Jonah 3:1-5,10 to help you. Did Jonah believe in God? Did Jonah follow God? What spiritual lessons did Jonah have to learn with regards to following God?
  1. Jesus told Peter, Andrew, James, and John that if they would follow him, he would make them “fish for people”. In terms of your life as a Christ Follower you are called to “follow Jesus” which means you will be taught to “fish for people”! Are you willing and ready to be taught “how to fish” for people?