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Peter's First Boat: The Call to Fish for People

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Happy New Year everyone!

I am so excited about this series. It first started in my heart a year and a half ago!

We’re going to be talking about Peter and his three “boat moments”:) When God first sparked this series in my heart, I had been thinking about Peter stepping out of the boat and walking on the stormy water with Jesus. As I pondered this a little bit, something struck me:

Peter had three life-altering incidents in his life involving boats.

These were three catalyst moments, if you will. So that’s where we’re going with this series - Peter’s three “boat moments.”

Peter’s First Boat: The Call to Fish for People

Here’s what we know had already taken place based on the timeline constructed from all four Gospels:

  • Jesus had already begun His early ministry.

  • This was not Peter’s first encounter with Jesus, and Peter knew Jesus was the Messiah (John 1:35-42).

  • Peter was already a disciple (someone who followed the teaching) of Jesus.

Okay, we’re going to read Luke’s account of the story because it gives us the most information:

Luke 5:1-11

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 [Peter], 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.