This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “Living is Christ”.
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We just started a new series last week called Living is Christ. We talked about dealing with shame. This week, with a nod to the Fisherman’s Blessing we are going to talk about living lives of purpose by looking at a story with Jesus and some fisherman, particularly Peter.
Philippians 1:20-27 (NIV)
20 I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that through my being with you again your joy in Christ Jesus will overflow on account of me. 27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.
Philippians 1:21 (NIV)
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
1. Launch Out
Luke 5:1-4 (NKJV)
1 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. 3 Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. 4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
Jesus finished His message and turned to Peter. His request was astounding: “Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4).
Peter’s decision and the resulting miracle reveal that a single act of obedience to Christ’s command can change the course of an entire life.
2. Responding with faith
Luke 5:5 (NKJV)
5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.”
Peter responded in faith.
When we are willing to launch out to follow Christ we will have closer fellowship with Him.
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
3. Listen to Jesus
There is a phrase in the Luke 5:5 passage that I want to draw your attention to. “At Your word, I will.”
Romans 10:17 (NKJV)
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
4. Living is Christ
Luke 5:6-8 (NKJV)
6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So 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. 8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”
“He fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
“Peter was humbled, not by his night of failure but by his astounding success; this is a mark of real character. If success humbles you, then failure will build you up.” Warren Wiersbe
Luke 5:9-10 (NKJV)
9 For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; 10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.”
Real life will happen only as we launch out in living for Christ.