Sermon Overview & Prayer: "The Day Everything Changed"

PRAYER POINTS:
LUKE 5:1-11 | The Day Everything Changed
These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.

“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.”

PRAYER: Father, please help me to remember the means by which you called me to yourself. Remind me of who and what were instrumental in my becoming aware of the gospel of Jesus Christ. While I may never know everyone or everything you used, never let me forget that saints have been praying for the catching of men and women, and the saving of souls (which includes mine!) for two thousand years! Thank you!

“And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing!

PRAYER: Lord, help me to recognize those occasions when I resist guidance, counsel, correction, or direction because I arrogantly dismiss the source or the setting. Open my heart to truth and wisdom, whatever you choose as a source or occasion or situation.

“At Your Word, I will let down the nets.”

PRAYER: Lord, we see that Peter obeyed you, barely knowing you or your actual identity. We, on the other hand, by your grace, intimately know you! We know that you are Lord, God incarnate, who loves us, died for us, rose again for our justification, and are now seated at the right hand of God, interceding for us. May that glorious experiential knowledge inspire our own humble, faith-filled, and immediate obedience.

And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken,

Follow Peter’s example by bowing before Jesus in humble astonishment.

PRAYER: Lord God, thank you for whatever memories remain of my moment of conversion. And admittedly, I may not remember all the precise details of my response in that moment that you revealed yourself to me. But knowing you as I do now, and knowing the miracle of what you’ve done in your great love for me, may I too live all my life in reverential awe and worship. Thank you for grace that compels me to draw near, not recoil in fear. And may I only grow in more clearly seeing your awesome holiness and glory.

Let’s just be real, it’s not always easy to obey. Where are you finding it difficult to obey the Lord? Where is it inconvenient? Where does it not make sense? Follow Peter’s example today by taking Him at His Word. You never know how He might meet you in the middle of your reluctant obedience with more of Himself.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, open my eyes, open my heart, open my hands to any situation where I am withholding obedience. Whether a simple task, or a significant sacrifice, remind me that my Lord is always worthy and deserving of obedience.

And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

And like Peter, we have not only been caught, but we have also been commissioned— fish for men, go and make disciples, be My witnesses. There are people...desperate to find abundant and eternal life. Jesus Christ died for them. And they must be caught. We’re the ones for the job. So because of who Jesus is and what He’s done for us, in humble astonishment, let’s take Him at His Word, and with the gospel of Jesus Christ, let’s go fishing. 

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, as we have been caught and saved through the gospel of your son, Jesus Christ, whether in prayer, in word, in witnessing, or in deed, may we – in the power of the Holy Spirit – be constantly and compassionately poised to cast the net of the gospel onto the hearts of the lost!

 

OVERVIEW OF THE SERMON:
In this sermon, Mr. Kane pointed us to the day Peter’s life changed. Jesus amazed and convinced Peter by having him cast his fishing net after a fruitless night. Following this event, Jesus commissioned Peter into his service of catching men instead of fish. However, most importantly, this passage shows us that Jesus is the holy, generous, and sovereign One who is “other” than ourselves. Three applications from Peter’s encounter with Jesus include: (1) bowing before Jesus in astonishment, (2) taking Jesus at his word, and (3) following Jesus by fishing for men.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Ultimately, this passage is about Jesus. How does this passage surprise and encourage you especially regarding who Jesus is?
  2. This text deals with the day Peter’s life changed; the day he started following Jesus. What was the day and/or the time when you started following Jesus? How did your life change?
  3. Often Christians overlook a larger miracle while desiring a smaller one. What “nets full of fish” often distract you from the miracle of your salvation? How is salvation in Jesus better and greater than these?
  4. Peter took Jesus at his word when it came to casting his net. How have you obeyed Jesus when it would be difficult or injurious to your pride? How can Christians cultivate a spirit of obedience that can hold-up when tested?
  5. Jesus called Peter to be a fisher of men. How can you fulfill the calling to be a fisher of men in your daily life? What does it look like in your neighborhood, workplace, or school?