Sunday, August 2

Journey Spiritual Conversations

Verse of the week

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on the shore, left everything and followed him.

-Luke 5:10b-11

in step: Walking where jesus walked

Jesus Calls His First Disciples | Luke 5:1-11

Dear Parents,
In the coming weeks we’ll be taking a trip through the Gospels together.
We’ll walk with Jesus as he pick his first disciples, performs miracles, and
rebukes Pharisees. Our goal for you is simple: that you might make more
of Christ by getting to know him better as a family!

Challenge of the Week

Thank five people this week for the things that they've done for you!

Scripture focus

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus Calls His First Disciples
1One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat.
4When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”
5Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”
6When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 
7So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.
8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”
11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Spiritual conversation

Have you ever been fishing? I remember my dad taking me a few times during my childhood. He spent a lot of money on the right lure and poles, tried to understand bait and the best time to go out so that the fish would be biting.
But no matter how hard we tried we never caught anything.
Not even once.
My dad was great at a lot of things. But at fishing? He didn’t have much experience.

When Jesus told Simon Peter, James, and John that he would make them “fishers of people” they were probably confused. After all, they were the fishing experts…and Jesus was a carpenter and a teacher.
But as the Son of God, Jesus uniquely understood how to reach men’s hearts—how to make his new disciples true fishers of people. These men (and others like them) would go on to take the Gospel to the known world.
(I recommend your whole family takes turns answering these questions. It’s always better when parents give their input, too!)

One

What did Jesus mean when he said that he would make Peter, James, and John fishers of people?

Two

Jesus’ disciples had to give up everything to follow Christ. Would you be able to do that? What would be the easiest thing to give up?

Three

What do you think being one of Jesus’ disciples would have been like? Why?

Prayer

Besides giving up your life and your job for three years to follow Christ, what else would be difficult about following Jesus?

Three

On a scale of 1 to 10, how hard is it to tell others about Jesus? (1 being extremely easy, and 10 being really difficult.) Why?

Three

What would make it easier to talk to others about Christ? What can you do to share Jesus with others in the next couple of weeks?
Thanks for reading!
In Christ,
Michael Chase, Middle School Director - Centerpoint Community Church