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  • John 1 (1.30.22)

    Recap:
    Our theme for this semester is ‘Fishers of men.’  Jesus is calling all of us to be fishers of people, and as we go on this journey together there are some principles that we must search out for ourselves.  The first one this week is that in order to be a fisherman partnered with Jesus, you must be a follower of Jesus.  That requires humility, sacrifice, trust, obedience and the list goes on and on.  
    We discovered together that John the Baptist had followers because he was pointing the way to Jesus, but when they encountered Jesus personally they began to follow Him instead of John.  Following plays itself out in many practical ways, but ultimately choosing to follow is a spiritual decision to reap the spiritual benefits of that relationship.
     
    Questions:
    -What is my personal takeaway from this week, as I consider what is required of me to follow Jesus fully in my life?  
    -How does the act of following lead me to being a fisher of people?

  • Luke 5 (2.6.22)

    Recap:

    This week we looked at Simon’s encounter with Jesus out on the lake…

    We see that Jesus worked a miracle and Simon had a realization of Jesus’ ability that leads him to worship. Jesus shows His ability to be provision in the very things that He asks of us, in this case asking them to put out the nets, and He provided the fish. He tells Simon and his partners to follow Him and He will make them fishers of people. Perhaps the most important thing He says with the invitation is to DO NOT BE AFRAID! It speaks to His love and plans for them.


    Questions:

    -Where in my life have I encountered Jesus? What was my response?


    -Jesus tell us to ‘DO NOT BE AFRAID.’ What does that speak to my heart and mind? Is there an action that I need to take in response?


    -Who am I praying for and working to ‘catch’ with Jesus’ help?


  • 1 Peter 1(2.13.22)

    Recap:

    We continue looking at what it means to be a follower of Jesus.  Today we looked briefly into the life and the teaching of the Apostle Peter in 1 Peter 1.  Peter is a good man who has his challenges and those impact at times his ability to follow Jesus well, but they are also a part of the overall discipleship process for Peter.  Jesus does not leave Peter alone because of his personal stuff, but rather engages with Peter in a personal way.  The encouragement to all of us is to ‘Be Holy, because Jesus is Holy.’  This is important for us to understand the we can live Holy (set apart) lives in this life because we are just passing through, we are foreigners. In verse 19 we see that we are redeemed not of this world, but by the blood of Jesus which is eternal.  With the help of Jesus and the Holy Spirit…we can be followers of Jesus!

     

    Questions:

    -In processing my own life, what is my take away from this weekend in regard to following Jesus?

     

    -Do I judge my imperfection and the imperfections of others, or do I allow myself to look to Jesus for redemption, healing, and transformation?

     

    -Who am I praying for and working to ‘catch’ with Jesus’ help?

     

  • Luke 14 (2.20.22)

    Recap:

    Jesus gave us His all in dying on the cross, and He is asking us to lay down our lives and give Him our everything.  We don’t make Jesus Lord, He already is Lord.  Making Jesus customizable to our lives is not following Him.  To be a follower of Jesus, you must love Him more than anything or anyone else.  We can make it a matter of value…what do we value?  We can value earthly things or we can value eternal things.  

     

    Questions:

    -Jesus talks about a hierarchy of love in order to follow Him (loving Him more than anything).  How do you get your mind around that?

     

    -How do I determine value in my life?  Is it by what others tell me I should value, by what I have been taught to value, etc.

     

    -Who am I praying or and working to ‘catch’ with Jesus’ help?

  • Romans 12 (2.27.22)

    Recap:
    To be a true follower of Jesus, He has called us to be different. Different in the way we think, talk, act, and love. We see this in Romans 12:1-2. We explored this further in 2 Corinthians 4.  We see in this chapter that we to never give up on this new way of living. That the Good News is to be the center of all things that we do and say because the Lord has entrusted His wonder light inside of us as fragile clay jars! We, in our fragility, are the carriers of his light and Good News! How exciting. He also tells us that it won't be easy, but that even the hard stuff will bring Him glory. Lastly, we learned that we must continue to tell people about Jesus because we have the same faith as the Psalmist who said "I believe in God, so I speak!" That is the bottom line. 

    Questions:
    1. In what way is the Lord calling you to be different?

    2. Does it bring you comfort knowing that the Lord isn't expecting you to be a safe, but a fragile jar to carry His Light of the Good News?

    3. Do you believe in God?  

    Then go start talking about what He has done in your life, and the Good News of Jesus!
     

  • John 21 (3.6.22)

    Recap:

    Jesus is ready to encounter us in the midst of whatever we face…the disciples are locked up in fear, and are ready to give up and return to what they know (for several of them that is fishing).

    Jesus encounters them on the shore ready with provision not just for the physical needs, but He is the provision of their spiritual needs.  Jesus’ love for us manifested in His sacrifice, resurrection, and presence through the Holy Spirit is what moves us forward.  Our love for Him compels us to do the things that the One we love asks us to.  Our focus is to be on Him and we are not to let others or our circumstances shift that focus.

     

    Questions:

    -What place in my life spiritually do I need the provision of Jesus?  How is He asking me to acknowledge my need or my desire?

     

    -Are there spaces in my life where I am understanding that I cannot do it alone?  What does my love for Jesus compel me to do in obedience to Him?

     

    -Who has Jesus placed in my life for me to fish for?  What is their name?

  • Isaiah 11 (3.13.22)

    Recap:
    How amazing is it that as we are talking about Jesus making us Fishers of Men as we follow Him, and we encounter the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus is the giver of the Holy Spirit, and it is the same Spirit that lived in Him.  It is the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD (Isaiah 11:2,3).  As we are wanting to live our life the way that Jesus would want us to, we know that we are being equipped for that very purpose.
     
    Questions:
    -Am I asking the Holy Spirit to help me?  
     
    -Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to produce in me the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23)?
     
    -Who am I actively fishing for?  Am I including the Holy Spirit in my fishing, and how?

     

  • Luke 9 (3.20.22)

    Recap:
    Today we looked at Luke 9 and discovered a process of equipping our understanding that the Lord uses to grow us into being fishers of men.  Jesus is living among His disciples and is teaching them that He is all they need, and that through Him all things are possible.

    Questions:
    -How does the instruction to the disciples to take nothing with you relate to us today?

    -As the disciples gave insurmountable task of feeding the 5000+ people on the hillside, they learn that with God all things are possible as he multiplied the food.  His direction is to feed the people.  Are we ready to give away what the Lord has given to us (Himself), trusting that He will not run out?

    -Who am I fishing for, how am I praying for them, and how am I praying for opportunity?

  • Mark 14 (3.27.22)

    Recap:

    Jesus as our provision does not just provide what we need after we need it, but He is our provision in advance of our need. We see this represented in the Passover, we see this stated in His relationship with the disciples, and we see this represented in His sacrifice on the cross. There will always be work that needs to be accomplished, but Jesus and a relationship ‘WITH’ Him is our provision for the work. Our preparation to walk in provision is WORSHIP. We are to worship as we prepare to receive from Him, as we remember and celebrate Him, and as we go to work in the mission field with His message.


    Questions:

    -As we reflect on Jesus as our provision…how does that refocus our attention, our schedule, perhaps our work in our daily routine?


    -What tools have been provided to me to accomplish The Lord’s mission on earth?


    -Who is the Lord placing on my heart to pray for, invest in, ultimately fish for? 


  • Acts 2 (4.3.22)

    Recap:

    As we understand our need to be equipped for the work the God is calling us to, we encounter the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is for us personally and for us to make Jesus known to others. Are we ready to ask Him to equip us, to receive Him when He comes, and to act on His direction with ?


    -will I ask Jesus for His empowering Holy Spirit?


    -what do I anticipate when He comes?


    -what do I expect to do with His empowerment?

  • Mark 11 (4.10.22)

    Recap:
    This week in Mark 11, we looked at Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem as we celebrate Palm Sunday…the beginning of the final week leading to His death on the Cross and His Resurrection three days later.  As Jesus enters the city, He is once again declaring His identity as the Messiah.  He gives direction that the Temple is to be a house of prayer, and to His disciples a lesson in faith that with Him all things are possible.

    Questions:
    -In light of my belonging to the family of God as a believer, how do I walk in that identity in a healthy way?
    -Since our bodies are the temple of the Spirit of God today, how do we steward our spiritual being to honor God and walk in obedience to His commands?
    -Am I living with faith as I fish for people, looking to Jesus to accomplish what only He can do?
    -what do I expect to do with His empowerment?

  • John 20 (4.17.22)

    Recap:
    We celebrate that Jesus as Risen (He is Alive!), and we see the recording of that in John 20. 
    As we see, know and understand that Jesus is alive, we realize that we are equipped/gifted with LIFE!  As Jesus is alive our gift of life takes several shapes in us and we looked at a few: 
    (verse 20) we are gifted with joy that is over the top, (verse 23) we are gifted with the ability to participate in the Jesus’ forgiveness to those around us, (verse 28) we are gifted the opportunity to worship as Thomas did, “My Lord and my God!” and (verse 31) we are gifted with eternal life in the name of Jesus.  How amazing is all of that…let’s not pass by the opportunity before us.

    Questions:
    -As I reflect on the joy of the Lord in my life, what does that look like or feel like?

    -As Jesus breathes life on me, will I walk with Him to see those around me know Him too?

    -How is Jesus asking me to worship Him?

  • Acts 1 (4.24.22)

    Recap:

    We have learned so far in this series what it means to be a fisher of men and how the Lord equips us for that mission. Now we get to put into practice actually going and being fishers of men! We can't confine the Lord to the church building. It is not the only place we can experience God or the only place your friends and family can come to know Him. It is time to unleash the Holy Spirit. Next, we have to expect the Lord to do what He says. We miss out on the cool things that the Lord can do in and through us because we don't expect Him to do what He says.  Do you know how to get those expectations in line.....by unleashing the Holy Spirit! Acts 1:8 says that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth.


    Questions:

    1. How are you going to unleash the Spirit in your life this week?

    2. What are some expectations that the Lord has put in your life that you have been afraid of? How are you going to allow Him to be what He said He will be?

    3. Who are you going fishing for in your Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth this week?

  • 1 Peter 2 (5.1.22)

    Recap:

    As we looked at 1 Peter 2 this week…We see that Jesus is the cornerstone (the Rock) upon which Peter encourages us to build our lives upon Him. We are encouraged also to live our lives sacrificially, and as we do we will never be put to shame (v. 6). This is not our home, so we are to keep our eyes and focus forward to eternity. Peter encourages us to LIVE…to live that God would be glorified, to live submitting to authority and to accept the consequences of obeying God, to lives free as God’s servants, to live expecting to suffer for doing good, and to live in the presence of God and not live astray. As we live this way as ambassadors of Jesus.


    Questions:

    -As I reflect on the 1 Peter 2, what is my personal takeaway?


    -How is my life testifying to the LIFE that Jesus has given me?


    -Who am I fishing for?


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