Scary Faith - Part 1 of 1

6/23/2022

 

“Leave Your Nets”
Series: “Scary Faith”
(Part 1 of 1)
Guest Speaker: Pastor Tim Moore

 

“One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 2 He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. 3 Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there.” -Luke 5:1-3 (NLT)

 

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 (NLT)

 

“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 (NLT)

 

Faith isn’t believing you will catch something, it’s trusting Jesus enough to go fishing.

 

Faith isn’t tethered to a result; it’s connected to our obedience.

 

Follow Jesus: moments He will get into your boat:

• God, yes, I feel like I’m supposed to lead a Lifegroup, I feel inadequate to do it, but if you say so.

• God, I feel like I’m supposed to be giving a tithe to you, but I don’t know if I will be able to pay all my bills.

• God I know I should get baptized, but I’m nervous of what people will think. Do it anyways.

• God I know I’m not supposed to be dating this person, but I’m afraid of being alone. 

If you follow Jesus long enough, I promise you He will get into your boat.

 

“And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! 7 A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. 8 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.” 9 For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. 10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.” -Luke 5:6-11 (NLT)

 

 

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Digging Deeper
Read
: Luke 5:1-5

1. When you were a kid, what kind of make-believe world did you create, either in your mind or in real life? What did you want to be or do when you grew up?

 

2. "Faith is not tethered to a result. it's connected to our obedience." What does that mean to you?


3. Tell about a time that Jesus “hopped into your boat.” What did you do differently as a result of that?

 

4. Is there anything that you feel like God is telling you to do that you are hesitant to do? What scares you about it?

 

5. Pray for a response of faith, “If you say so God, I’ll do it anyways.”

 

6. Read Ephesians 3:20. Take a moment and think about what the result might be of saying “yes” to God.

 

7. Do you have any safety nets you need to leave behind to more fully follow Jesus?

 

8. What 1 thing, or 1 step, do you need to take?






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