Launch Out Into the Deep

Sunday, July 2, 2017

 

Luke 5:1-11 (ESV) ~ On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 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.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. 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, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. 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.

 

Jesus is challenging us today, “Launch out into the deep.” Is He just referring to the waters of Galilee? NO! There is more to life than the pleasures of this world. There is more to life than the pursuit of power, the achievement of fame, the accumulation of wealth. There is more to life than going through the daily routine – eating, drinking, sleeping, waking, working, resting, making money, and preparing for retirement. There are deep waters in God that will fill your life with eternal purpose.

 

  1. God Uses Ordinary People
    1. Matthew 21:31 ~ “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you.”
    2. Here are three great lessons:
      1. Jesus initiates the search. God is searching for us (Luke 19:10)
      2. Jesus loves us just like we are. 
      3. Jesus takes what we have and uses it for His glory.
    3. God uses FAT people – Faithful, Available, Teachable
  2. God Uses Persevering People
    1. Perseverance is a greater resource than ability. Peter was tired. They had fished all night and had caught nothing. The effort failed, but he was willing to go back out and try again.
    2. One thing about fishing – fishermen are a patient and persevering breed. A good fisherman always goes back into the same waters that discouraged him and tries again.
  3. God Uses Obedient People
    1. Luke 5:5 ~ “But at your word I will let down the nets.”
    2. This verse tells us that in spite of doubt, discouragement, disillusionment, failures of others, personal setbacks, personal failure, I will let down the nets.
  4. God Uses Humble People
    1. Humility simple means “to recognize your need of God.” Look at Peter’s heart: “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
    2. A mark of all God’s servants:
      1. Abraham said, “I am nothing but dust and ashes” (Genesis 18:27).
      2. Jacob said, “I am nothing than the least of all Your mercies” (Genesis 32:10).
      3. Job said, “I repent and abhor myself” (Job 42:6).
      4. Isaiah said, “Woe is me” (Isaiah 6:5).
      5. Paul said, “I am the chief of sinners and the least of the apostles” (1 Timothy 1:15, 1 Corinthians 15:9).
    3. Humility before God transforms us into servants to others. We relinquish our desire to rule over others, to control, to dominate, to intimidate, and to exercise authority. The disciple often got caught up in the quest for power. Mark 9:33-35, Jesus said, “If anyone want to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
  5. God Uses Visionary People
    1. Simon’s name was changed to Peter. Simon means “reed” and Peter means “rock”. Christ transformed Peter from a reed to a rock. Christ gives Peter a vision of what he can be and what he can do for the kingdom of God: Do not be afraid, you will catch men. (Luke 5:10). From a reed to a vision of himself as a rock.
    2. Vision inspires loyalty. The left everything.
    3. What is your vision today? Do you desire to see people saved? Do you have a vision for the lost? Do you have a vision for a church building filled to capacity? Do you have a vision to GO for the kingdom of God?
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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