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September 10 2017

MATTHEW 4:12-22              GONE FISHING

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali— 14 to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah:


15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”


17From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.


21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

  1. God CALLS US to his vision for humanity.
  • God’s desire is to SAVE people!  (v.19)
  •  God’s desire is for us to SHINE the light of Jesus into the darkness. (v.16)
  1. When we fail to catch God’s vision we are DISCONNECTED from God’s purpose in the world.  As a result there are at least two pitfalls:


  • A life centered on that which has no enduring VALUE.   Life is all about me.

I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."                                                                                               Luke 12:19 (NIV)


  • VULNERABILITY to wasted living. We have no investment in a greater purpose.

I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.                                                        Ecclesiastes 2:17 (NIV)


  1. Jesus announced that it was a NEW DAY:  the Kingdom of God was near.
  • God REIGNS over humanity. Who we are and what we do has an eternal bias.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.                                                                                                                                                          Galatians 2:20 (NIV)

  • Entrance into God’s kingdom is predicated upon our willingness to REPENT!  (v.17) (These weren’t evil people necessarily. But they were living as if God didn’t matter.)


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