Influence – Part 2: Fishers Of Men

Influence – Part 2: Fishers Of Men

Fishers Of Men
Influence – Part 2
August 7-8, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

“Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (p.738)

Luke 5:1-11

  • Use My Skills To Show God’s Love To Others.
  1. Follow Jesus’ command.

”When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” Luke 5:4 (p.784)

”Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.” 1 John 5:3 (p.943)

  1. Obey even when I don’t understand.

“Master,’ Simon replied, ‘we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.'” Luke 5:5 (p.784)

”Do everything without complaining and arguing…” Philippians 2:14 (p.900)

  1. Guard my attitude.

”When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” Luke 5:8 (p.784)

”Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” James 4:10 (p.932)

My Next Step This Week: 

____ This week to use my skills to show God’s love to others, I will focus on # ________.

Discussion/Groups Guide from the Weekend TalkFrom the Weekend Talk of August 7-8, 2021

Influence: Part 2 – Fishers of Men

Use this guide to discuss the Weekend Talk with your family or friends.

When Lif­e Groups are in session they use questions like these to go deeper into what we talked about on the weekend.

  • Our Fall Groups Semester begins the week of August 22.
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Conversation Starters

  • Fishing has the largest participation of any sport in the UK.  Do you fish or have you tried fishing?  If so, why do you enjoy it?
    • Have you ever fished with a group of people, and you were the only one not catching fish?
      • Did you ask them what they were doing differently, or did you just continue hoping a fish would bite?
    • Do you have or had a little hand-held puzzle where you have to get the balls into the cups/slots without tipping the other balls out and starting again. Sometimes they can be easy, other times you can spend a very long time just watching the balls go round and round just missing the cups/slots. Sometimes you may throw the whole thing down in frustration. Have you experienced that? So annoying yet it is only a toy.
      • Speaking of puzzles… Have ever completed a Rubik Cube without cheating?  Apparently, only 5.8% of the population who try the Rubik’s cube can complete it.  When they first came out there were press stories of injury and damage to buildings as the cubes were thrown in frustration.

Qui­­ck Review

Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out, challenged, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and related Bible verses from this Weekend’s Talk Notes.

The key spiritual principle that Pastor Jeff Love emphasized this week is:

  1. Use My Skills to Show God’s Love to Others.
    • Read Matthew 7:12 (p.738)
    • Read Luke 5:1-11 (p.784)
      • Share a time where you used your vocation to witness or introduce Christ to someone?
        • Or maybe someone used their vocation as a tool to witness to you?
    • Remember: we are made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27 p.3) and we have gifting, creativity, love, and compassion built into us. But it is through God’s spirit in us that it releases them fully for God’s glory.
  2. Follow Jesus’ command.
    • Read Luke 5:4 (p.784) See also John 14:15 (p.823)
    • Read 1 John 5:3 (p.943)
      • Memory muscle: if you can ride a bike, you can ride a bike even years later as your body knows how to adapt and what to do once you get back in the saddle. In the same way, if we have Trusted God in one aspect of our life we will continue to trust him not just in that area but in other areas of our life. That’s what Peter did having witnessed Jesus doing miracles. Jesus commanded to us (Matthew 28:19-20 p.760) to make disciples of all nations and baptizing them and teaching them Jesus’ commands.
  3. Obey even when I don’t understand.
    • Read Luke 5:5 (p.784)
      • Back to the fishing analogy from “conversation starters.” Did you receive advice from fishermen who were catching fish? Did you use it? I.E. move to a different spot or use different bait?
    • Read Philippians 2:14 (p.900)
      • Why do you think it is so easy to complain about things?
        • What is one thing you can do when tempted to complain?
      • One of the keywords in the passage is ‘Master.,’ Peter acknowledges Jesus was the master – the man in charge – the captain.  When we acknowledge Jesus is master in our lives our faith will grow – it can’t do anything else. It is like a cactus after the rain has fallen – it has to bloom. The words of the hymn writer Dwight L Moody: “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey” is fundamental in our walk with Jesus.  It is not either Trust or Obey but both Trust AND Obey.
        • It only goes wrong when we take our eyes off Jesus (NB story of Peter walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33 p.746).
  4. Guard my attitude.
    • Read Luke 5:8 (p.784)
    • Read James 4:6-10 (p.932)
    • Is there a place in your life where pride has taken over? What will do you do about this? Have you asked others to pray for you?
      • Humility is not for wimps!

Digging Deeper

  • See John 13:1-17 (p.823). This is a wonderful illustration of the kind of servant Jesus was. Jesus is the servant king.  Washing the feet was done by the servants of the household, not the master. Reflect on Hebrew 2:6-9 (p.920) – the son of God is a template for our lives he was prepared to serve others and to die for all, how should we reflect this in our lives?
    • What are the barriers in our life to complete submission to Christ? How can we help each other through the barriers?  
    • It is my/our responsibility to help others in the church even when they make the same mistakes repeatedly: (see Matthew 18:21-22 (p.749). 
      • See Proverbs 26:11 (p.500) As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. When this happens to our dog, what do we do? We remove the vomit! You can talk to the dog, shout at it, pull it away but unless you remove the vomit it will return. In the same way, with some of our weaker brethren, we should remove the things that cause them to stumble, and not just offer prayers and counseling, but perhaps we need to get our hands dirty and get alongside them and do discipleship on a level they understand and can imitate. 
    • In what ways can we foster a servant heart within ourselves and each other?
      • Why should we do this?  Are there any passages of scripture we should look at?  e.g., 1 Corinthians 12 (p.877) and Romans 12 (p.866). What other Bible passages come to mind?
    • Finally, we heard in recent weeks Jesus Mission is my Mission and God has a vision for me/us. How do these statements line up with the message this week about trusting God and obeying Him with the right attitude?

My Next Step This Week:

____ This week to use my skills to show God’s love to others, I will focus on # _______.

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