Posts from January 2019

Posts from January 2019

Jesus Calls Peter to Follow – Luke 5:10

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (Luke 5:10) Pastor John’s Notes: After the miraculous catch of fish, Peter fell at the feet of Jesus and confessed that he was a sinful man. In response, Jesus called Peter to follow him and did not even reference his sin. He simply described the new work that he would be doing. Repentance is an acknowledgment of our sin without any attempt to explain…

Peter Sees Himself Truthfully – Luke 5:8

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8) Pastor John’s Notes: After the miraculous catch of fish, Peter immediately recognized who was with him in the boat. Jesus is the Messiah, for only the Son of God could command the fish. His very next thought was of himself. In the light of the presence of Christ, he saw all of his sinfulness. It was…

The Miracle Gets Peter’s Attention – Luke 5:4-7

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they…

Peter Gets a Front Row Seat – Luke 5:2-3

He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He 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. (Luke 5:2-3) Pastor John’s Notes: Peter had a front row seat to Jesus’ teaching. As the Teacher spoke from one end of the boat, Peter sat in the other.…

Jesus Speaks the Word of God – Luke 5:1

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. (Luke 5:1) Pastor John’s Notes: Jesus spoke with authority because he taught the truth. News of Jesus’ teaching spread quickly and people came from all around to hear him teach. Multitudes listened carefully and meditated on his words. Whenever truth is spoken, we typically pause in silence, knowing that there is nothing more to be said.…

Sunday – The Call of Simon Peter – Luke 5:1-11

This week we will focus on what it means to follow Jesus, which is more than simply believing that he is the Son of God; it requires us to center our lives on his teaching. Those who follow Jesus become his disciples and engage in a process of learning a new way of living. One of the first disciples to respond to Jesus’ call to follow him was Simon Peter. Here is his story. One day as Jesus was standing…

Changing Ourselves – Luke 10:36-37

“Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” “The one who showed mercy to him,” he said. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.” (Luke 10:36-37) Pastor John’s Notes: The teacher of the law who tested Jesus by asking, “And who is my neighbor” was undoubtedly challenged by his answer. His prejudice was brought out into the open. We should note that he…

The Samaritan Followed Up – Luke 10:35

The next day he (the Samaritan) took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’ (Luke 10:35) Pastor John’s Notes: To love others fully, we must sometimes commit ourselves beyond what is convenient. When we understand the need, we will be able to define the measure of our care. The wounded man needed healing that required numerous days in bed and the…

The Good Samaritan – Luke 10:33-34

But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  (Luke 10:33-34) Pastor John’s Notes: The Jews hated the Samaritans and had no dealings with them. In 605 B.C., the Jewish nation was taken captive by the Babylonian…

Religious People Passed By – Luke 10:30-32

Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. (Luke 10:30-32) Pastor John’s…
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