Called to be Fishers of Men

Last week at Cornerstone we slowed down and focused on the leading emphasis of Jesus preaching—the Kingdom of God. One of the leading responsibilities of living according to the Kingdom of God is disciple making. This week we’re looking at Jesus calling of his first disciples in Luke 5:1-11.

Peter fished all night long and caught nothing. Jesus asked Peter to go back out on the water and to let his nets down for a catch. Peter is initially skeptical and maybe frustrated at the request, but because of Jesus word, Peter obeyed and took in a large number of fish (v.5-6).

  • When Jesus asks something of you that is difficult and maybe a little strange, do you trust him and respond in obedience or distrust and disobey. Be honest and consider what fears may be driving you away from doing what you know God is calling you to do.
  • The leading quality of a disciple of Christ is he hears the shepherds voice and he follows (John 10:1-4). What has God been impressing upon your heart lately through Scripture reading, worship, or HFG discussions? Can you honestly say you are listening and obeying?

When Peter sees the great catch of fish, he is immediately overwhelmed. He falls at Christ’s knees and says, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”

  • Being a disciple of Christ requires knowing the vast chasm that exists between who Jesus is and who you are (see Isaiah 6:1-8). Why is knowing God and knowing yourself so important to following Jesus.

Jesus spoke to Peter to comfort him, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” (v.10) After these words, we’re told “…they left everything and followed him.”

  • What does it mean to be a fisher of men? Identify ways this calling was fulfilled in the life of Peter. How is this same calling being fulfilled in your life right now?
  • Discipleship is costly. In order to follow Christ, you have to leave the life you are living behind. What have you left behind to follow Christ? What might you still need to leave behind to continue to follow Christ? Don’t answer this too quickly. Take time to examine yourself as you answer this question, and invite your spouse or a good friend to weigh in on this with you.

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