The Best Is Yet To Come
Sunday, December 30, 2018
(A different kind of fishing for a different kind of fisherman)
(John 1:35-42; John 2:2; John 4; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Ephesians 3:20;
Matthew 8:14; Isaiah 6:5; Job 42:1-6; Luke 14:26-27; Matthew 6:19,33)
1.Sometimes, we ‘fish all night’ and have NOTHING to show for it.
2.Having nothing to show for our labor can be a moment where we are more TEACHABLE.
3.As part of His lesson for us, God often asks us to do things that don’t make SENSE.
4.What might have been fruitless failures for us in the past, now under God’s direction and authority, can be transformed into ABUNDANT blessing.
5.Jesus’ point here wasn’t to make Peter a better fisherman. He was leading Peter to something ELSE, to something MORE.
6.The primary purpose God has for every one of us is OTHERS. (What might I have to leave in order to achieve this purpose?)
Taking it further to help you THRIVE…
1.Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged, or confused you?
2.Having nothing to show for all our hard work can either be a teachable moment or a moment that leads to bitterness and regret. What determines our perspective? Is there something we need to do in order to be more teachable (be better prepared to be teachable) at times like this?
3. Recall a time when you sensed God asking you to do something that didn’t make sense. What was the outcome? How might this have changed the way you listen to and respond to God?
4. What might you have to ‘leave’ in order to achieve God’s purpose for each of us to be fishers of men and focused on others?