Fish, Part 2: Go Fish!
April 23, 2023 / Matthew 4:18-22
Brian Behrends, Creative Pastor
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
God before he
“Religion is man searching for god,
but Christianity is God searching for man.”
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 119:13–14
It’s not the clothes you wear that make you a fisherman, it’s the fact that you !
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – 2 Corinthians 9:6
Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well. – Ecclesiastes 11:6
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. – Galatians 6:7
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20
Small Group Questions
- Who in your life makes you feel particularly seen and loved? What do they do that makes you feel that way?
- Is making people feel seen something you do naturally or something that takes effort for you? What’s one thing you can do in your daily interactions that would add value to the people in your life?
- What stands out to you when you read Matthew 28:18-20? In your most honest assessment of yourself, is this an idea or a reality in your life?
- What would it look like for you to be more intentional about being a fisher of men? What does that look like in your workplace, school, or family? With your lifestyle?
- How can we pray for you right now and throughout the week?