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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Young Fishers of Men or The Qualities of a Good Disciple

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and he who wins souls is wise.

Young Fishers of Men

or

The Qualities of a Good Disciple

We have all heard “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young..”

But there’s more, “but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”

Acts 1:8

Jesus said: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

We are given this awesome power to do the will of God. But we all know.. With great power comes great what?

Responsibility.

Mark 1:17-18

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

At once they left their nets and followed him.

Three parts

1. Immediately, (adv: occurring or accomplished without delay or hesitation; instantly)

2. Drop what you are doing. Their nets were their livelihood. They obeyed Jesus even though they didn’t have a certainty about the future.

3. Follow. In Jesus’ day, a disciple didn’t learn by sitting at a desk and watching the teacher at the whiteboard. They would follow their teachers, their rabbis, all the time. They would learn by watching him interact with daily occurrences.

Isaiah 6:8

8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

This is in the book of Isaiah. The context of this is that the prophet Isaiah feels like he is not good enough to do God’s will. He says that he is not pure enough, that he is a man “of unclean lips”. God sends him a vision of an angel who takes a superhot coal and presses it to Isaiah’s lips. The angel tells him that he is now forgiven. Isaiah responds, again immediately, he obeys without knowing what is coming, and then follows God’s directions.

There is a lot of work, a lot of opportunities to do God’s work. Even at our age.

(Matt 9:37) The Bible says the “harvest is plenty, but the workers are few.”

What are the things that are stopping you from obeying God?

(Time to respond)

What are some ways you can do this in your life?

(Time to respond)

What about in school?

(Time to respond)

P/A:

Tijuana ministry w/ Loie (May 17th)

Ladle with Graham Presbyterian (May 12th)

National Day of Prayer. (Tonight at the Methodist church, 7:00-8:30)

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