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90: Fish Tricks

Speaker: Jeff Geyer                                                                                         

Date: February 17, 2019


When you read through the Gospels (the four biographies of Jesus), two things are abundantly clear:

  • Being a sinner doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. It’s a prerequisite.
  • Having walked away from faith doesn’t disqualify you from following Jesus. All of His followers walked away after His death.


Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. 

Luke 4:14-15 (NLT)

As the sun went down that evening, people throughout the village brought sick family members to Jesus. No matter what their diseases were, the touch of his hand healed every one

Luke 4:40 (NLT)

At once they left their nets and followed him. 

Matthew 4:20 (NLT)

…and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 

Matthew 4:22 (NLT)

One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. 

Luke 5:1 (NLT)

  • Faith begins with information.
  • Faith begins with information and leads to transformation.
  • Informed on what to do and transformed on who to be.

He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fisherman had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.”

Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”

And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear!  A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he cried out, “We are rich! We won’t have to work for weeks!”

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.”

For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

Luke 5:2-11 (NLT)

He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.  

1 Peter 2:23-24 (NLT)


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