Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Following Jesus: Luke 5:1-11

Summary: In the gospels, Jesus says, “follow Me.” It is only appropriate for Him to say this. If anyone else says this, beware, unless they are following Christ, as the Apostle Paul said, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” It is a joy to have companionship in following Christ, but ultimately, this call is resolved individually.

1. Jesus’ command, “follow Me,” is repeated throughout the gospels. How did the disciples experience this call to follow Jesus in the book of John?

John 1:43 , 21:18-22

Before we dig into this text, here is a summary of what it looks like to follow Jesus:

First and foremost, Christ is Lord. You prioritize Him. Metaphorically, you leave everything and everyone else behind. He is preeminent. There is resolve; you have decided to follow Jesus. We are captured, held captive, to do His will, as in, “Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus.” Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” There is no turning back even though we stumble. Do you sense your own weakness? That is the earmark of a follower of Christ. We are secure in Him; “I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.” It involves taking up your cross and recognizing your sin and quickly leads to rejoicing in your Savior. It involves capturing others; if you know Christ, you want others to know Him because you know the most important thing in someone else’s life is coming to know Him. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

(References for the above summary: Romans 1:1, John 10:27-30, Matthew 4:19)

2. A. Quickly summarize where we are in Luke. Luke 4:16, 22, 28-44

B. According to this text, how and why did Jesus come?

Luke 4:43

3. A. When “the multitude” heard Jesus, who were they hearing from? Luke 5:1-11

B. He quoted the word of God and He spoke the word of God. How did the multitude react to His teaching? Luke 5:1

C. Do you “press” to hear the word of God?

4. A. After teaching, what did Jesus do and how did Peter respond? Luke 5:2-5

B. What does Peter do and why? Did this make sense to Peter? Luke 5:5

C. Do you have God’s word (translated “bidding” here) on something? Then you have His will. Where will you find the place of blessing?

Luke 5:5-8, I Thessalonians 5:18 , Colossians 3:17 , Mark 1:17

5. A. What happened when Peter responded in obedience to the word of the Lord? Luke 5:6-7

B. What did Peter do when he saw who Jesus really is? How does he respond later in life to the same situation? What is the difference? Luke 5:8 , John 21:3-7

C. What happens when you first realize who Jesus Christ really is? Luke 5:8 , Isaiah 6:5 , Job 42:5-6, Revelation 1:17 , John 20:27-28

6. A. “He fell down at Jesus’ feet.” That is a good place to be! Luke 5:8 , 7:37-38 , 8:35, 41 , 10:39 , 17:15-16

B. How does Jesus respond when men fall at His feet? Luke 5:9-10 , Revelation 1:17-18

C. Have you taken your place as a sinner and shuddered before the Lord? Psalm 111:10 , Proverbs 9:10 , Psalm 34:18

7. A. What is Peter’s new job description? Luke 5:10

B. The phrase, “catching men;” used only twice in the New Testament, means “to catch alive.” Who else captures men alive? II Timothy 2:24-26

C. How did Peter, James, and John’s respond? Are we whole-heartedly following Him? Luke 5:11 , Matthew 4:19 , Mark 1:17

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March 18, 2014 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Christian, Christianity, God, Gospel of Luke, Jesus, New Testament, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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