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Week of February 29, 2016
That You May Know… He calls you to follow
Matt. 10:38 And whoever doesn’t take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
Monday (Luke 5:1-11) He Seeks After You

Adult Connect

Take time to read Luke 5:3 again. Jesus specifically went into one of the boats, the one which was Simon’s. Did Jesus know whose boat He was entering or was this simply a grand happenstance? We know that nothing occurs in God’s redemptive plan by coincidence. Simon Peter learned that day that your life changes when the Lord looks your way. Jesus knows your situation and before you even acknowledge Him as Lord He died for you. How is God seeking after you today. If God shines His face upon you will you be ready?

Youth Connect

Jesus is always seeking you out. Do you think Simon was prepared for Jesus to get into his boat? Fishing wasn’t just a hobby, Simon and the others fished to make money, so not having a good night was frustrating and stressful. Jesus shows up in the midst of a bad situation and changed everything. Have you had a stressful day at school? Jesus knows about your situation. Will you be available and ready if Jesus shows up?

 

“I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.” - Spurgeon

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

What comes to mind when you hear the word, seek? Maybe you think about looking for something, or maybe you think about the game Hide and Seek. Either way, when you seek for something/someone you look for and go to that thing/person. In the Bible we read that Jesus seeks for us. Just as he sought (he went into the boat of Peter) Simon, he continues to seek for you. God desires a relationship with you.

Barnyard (Preschool)

What comes to mind when you hear the word, seek? Maybe you think about looking for something, or maybe you think about the game Hide and Seek. Either way, when you seek for something/someone you look for and go to that thing/person. In the Bible we read that Jesus seeks for us. Just as he sought (he went into the boat of Peter) Simon, he continues to seek for you. God desires a relationship with you.

Prayer Connect

Num. 6:24-26   May Yahweh bless you and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; may Yahweh look with favor on you and give you peace.



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Tuesday (Luke 5:1-11) Trust

Adult Connect

Luke 5:4   When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” As a fisherman Peter really has nothing to learn from a man of his age who only knows his way around on dry ground (Bovon). He quickly expresses this: it is actually nonsense to go fishing in the heat of the day if one has caught nothing in the more favorable hours of the night; moreover, his crew is tired. Jesus was calling Peter into a place a trust. Do you trust that the Lord knows more and best for your life?

“Faith and obedience are bound up in the same bundle. He that obeys God trusts God; and he that trusts God obeys God. He that is without faith is without works; and he that is without works is without faith”  --Spurgeon

Youth Connect

Peter no doubt thought Jesus’ request to let down the nets made no sense. When is the last time your parents or someone of authority asked you to do something that made no sense to you at the time? Jesus is not only asking them to trust him, he is showing them what is best for them even if they don’t understand. Jesus knows what is best, we just have to trust and obey.

 

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.” - Oswald Chambers

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Think about your parents. Do you trust that know best, even if they make you eat your veggies? Name some other people that you trust. Why do you trust them? In v. 4 Peter, a fisherman, trusted Jesus, a carpenter, to tell him how to fish. Even though this didn’t make much sense for Peter to do, he trusted that Jesus wanted what was best for him.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”   Proverbs 3:5

Barnyard (Preschool)

Think about your parents. Do you trust that know best, even if they make you eat your veggies? Name some other people that you trust. Why do you trust them? In v. 4 Peter, a fisherman, trusted Jesus, a carpenter, to tell him how to fish. Even though this didn’t make much sense for Peter to do, he trusted that Jesus wanted what was best for him.

 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”   Proverbs 3:5

Prayer Connect

Trust and obey,  for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.



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Wednesday [Luke 5:1-11] Sin

Adult Connect

 Luke 5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

Welcome to hump day. For some this day is the midpoint of the workweek and perhaps the toughest day of the week. Spiritually the hump in our life is our sin, and this is a hurdle we cannot overcome on our own. Look at Peter’s response to the Savior. He recognized his sin in light of the glory found in Christ. Have you recognized and confessed your sinful character and individual transgressions today?

Youth Connect

When Peter and the others saw the blessing Jesus had given them – the way he had used them to gather the fish in spite of their half-hearted obedience, "Simon Peter . . . fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Go away from me Lord, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’

It’s the opposite of saying: "Wow, look at the way we get blessed when we follow Jesus! Biggest catch of fish we’ve ever had! No, Peter looked at grace – pure grace – and felt utterly unworthy. It was a humble response to Jesus. It exposed his doubt and sin. Often we let ourselves get in the way of submitting to His authority. When we do that it exposes our sin.

“God actually delights in exalting our inability. He intentionally puts his people in situations where they come face to face with their need for him.” – David Platt

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

How did Peter react in v. 8?  Why do you think he did that? Peter saw the greatness of Jesus and his response was to fall down at Jesus’ feet.  Peter did this because he was showing that Jesus is greater and that he (Peter) should be less.

Barnyard (Preschool)

How did Peter react in v. 8?  Why do you think he did that? Peter saw the greatness of Jesus and his response was to fall down at Jesus’ feet.  Peter did this because he was showing that Jesus is greater and that he (Peter) should be less.

Prayer Connect

Take time to pray and confess your sins to the Lord who is faithful and just and will forgive your sins and purify you from all unrighteousness.



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Thursday [Luke 5:1-11] Follow/Obey

Adult Connect

Luke 5:11 So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.  

Jesus didn’t tell them to leave everything but it was understood. God might not require you to physically leave everything every time. But Peter shows us that nothing in our lives is off limits when we follow Christ. To follow Christ, we must leave our old life behind, trust the one you follow, and change your priorities. Are you prepared to follow Christ? Have you prioritized your life so that godliness and hearing the voice of the Lord is central?

The Shepherd knows what pastures are best for his sheep, they must not question or doubt, but trustingly follow Him. –H.W. Smith

Youth Connect

How do you respond to God’s authority in your life? When when we fully obey Jesus and humble ourselves we become more faithful in our walk with Christ. Our response to the Lord is not always a one time event. You will have a lifetime of responding to the Lord.

How is God calling you to respond today?

“If the gospel is true, your life should look like it’s true.” – Matt Chandler

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Why is it important to follow and obey directions? What happens when you do not follow directions? In v. 11 we see that Peter saw the importance of obedience and dropped everything to follow Jesus. In your life, who should you obey?

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6

Barnyard (Preschool)

Why is it important to follow and obey directions? What happens when you do not follow directions? In v. 11 we see that Peter saw the importance of obedience and dropped everything to follow Jesus. In your life, who should you obey?

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6

Prayer Connect

Lord, help me trust you today. Help me forsake all that I hold dear and follow the One who knows best for my life.  



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Friday [Luke 5:10] He Calls You to Fish

Adult Connect

Luke 5:10 and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” The priority of their lives is no longer fishing, but following Jesus (14:27) and fishing for people. God calls upon you to share and declare His name to all the world. Are you reaching out to others as you reach up to the Savior?

“I’d rather have people hate me with the knowledge that I tried to save them.” –Keith Green

Focus on evangelism

That God changes our desires and focus in life. No longer were the men concerned about fish but their new purpose was people for the sake of their Savior.

Youth Connect

If Simon had not obeyed their would probably have been no catch. Jesus could have used other means but chose to include Peter. God wants to use you to reach others.  The priority in our lives is following Jesus. The school that you may attend is one of the greatest mission fields that you will ever experience. You have opportunities everyday to share your faith with others.

“If you really want to experience God, go and make disciples.” Francis Chan

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

What do you think Jesus meant in v.10 when he told Peter that he would be catching men? Was Peter supposed to start walking around throwing nets on people? No! Jesus was telling Peter that he should be more worried about people than fish. Jesus was calling Peter to tell people about the good news. We too are supposed to tell others about Christ. Are you telling others about hope in the Lord?

Barnyard (Preschool)

What do you think Jesus meant in v.10 when he told Peter that he would be catching men? Was Peter supposed to start walking around throwing nets on people? No! Jesus was telling Peter that he should be more worried about people than fish. Jesus was calling Peter to tell people about the good news. We too are supposed to tell others about Christ. Are you telling others about hope in the Lord?

Prayer Connect

Heavenly Father, help me share the hope that is within me today. Lord, open doors that I may reach others by your grace and through your Holy Spirit.



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