Presentation on theme: "Jesus Calls His Disciples February 1. Think About It … What is your favorite “fish story”? Here's one you would remember … Today we look at people who."— Presentation transcript:
Think About It … What is your favorite “fish story”? Here's one you would remember … Today we look at people who were fishermen and Jesus called them to become “fishers of men.”
Listen for a great “fish story” that would be told in the future. Luke 5:4-11 (NIV) When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch."  Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets."  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. …
Listen for a great “fish story” that would be told in the future. … he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken,  and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon's partners. … Matthew 4:19- 20 (NIV) "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."  At once they left their nets and followed him.
Change of Focus Why would Simon Peter tend to reject Jesus’ fishing advice? What might have been different kinds of responses to the giant catch that day? Jesus called them to follow Him. How risky was it for Peter, Andrew, James, and John to drop everything (jobs and families) to go with Jesus?
Change of Focus How do you think you might have responded had you been fishing with these men and heard Jesus direct this challenge to you? According to the culture of that day – a prospective student would choose a rabbi with whom to study – similar to a young person choosing a university or a course of study
Change of Focus This was different – Jesus was the one doing the choosing – He initiated the call to these fishermen – Here was an opportunity to study with a remarkable teacher With that in mind, what thoughts do you think were racing through their minds as they headed off down the beach with Jesus?
Change of Focus What kinds of things should we be “leaving behind” to follow Christ today? How does a person go about becoming a “fisher of men”? Note how Jesus changes their focus … – Instead of gathering fish into a net – They would be gathering men and women into the kingdom of God
Change of Vocation What past misdeeds would disqualify someone from holding the job you now have? Listen for Jesus’ call of someone most people would write off as disqualified.
Listen for Jesus’ call of someone who was considered disqualified. Matthew 9:9-12 (NIV) As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.
Change of Vocation Why might this be a surprise choice by Jesus? Why do you think such a person would respond positively to Jesus invitation and leave his old vocation behind?
Change of Vocation Consider that Jesus purposefully called an undesirable person to follow Him. – a man who needed salvation – a man who needed his life turned around (not just a change of focus) – and … he had connections to even more people whose lives needed changed What kinds of situations might exist in even a respectable job where a new believer would feel he or she could not stay?
Listen for response of the religious leaders to Jesus actions. Matthew 9:10-13 (NIV) While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"
Listen for response of the religious leaders to Jesus actions.  On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Change in Relating to Others What did the Pharisees think of Jesus’ attendance at Matthew’s social function? What do you think people would say if you associated with a “wild crowd” in order to be a witness for Christ? What was Jesus response to the Pharisees’ disapproval?
Change in Relating to Others How do you think people might react if several gang members or street people attended our church this Sunday? What will happen if we never reach out to those undesirables outside the church? Jesus’ call to us is to change how we relate to others.
Application Consider some of the qualities needed to fish successfully – Patience – Being still and listening – Perseverance – An eye for the right moment – Knowing the right bait to use Ask God for help to demonstrate these qualities in your witness These are also qualities that help you become a “fisher” of people
Application Jesus, the Savior, has come looking for you … He has called you. Ask Him this week how you might need to – Change your focus – Change your career goals – Change the way you relate to others around you
Application Jesus used the current occupations of His disciples as a way to call them. What they did related to what He wanted them to become. – Ask God to help you see how you can be an influence for the Kingdom of God in your vocation right now – What skills do you have that could be used to point others to Jesus? – What settings exist in your workplace that enable you to be salt and light to unbelievers?