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Luke 5:1-11 | A Fish Tale

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What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in the last 10 days? (Alternative question): What’s the most shocking or unexpected thing that’s happened to you in the last 10 days?

Jesus shows up at Peter’s job in the middle of the day with a big request. What’s the request(s)? Do you think Peter considered it a huge inconvenience? Why? Why not?

What exactly do you think Simon Peter was thinking in verse 5 when he responded to Jesus’ request?

Assuming you had the limited knowledge Peter had of Jesus at the time, how would you have responded if Jesus showed up at your, “fishing business” and recommended better practices?

In verse 6-7, Peter caught so much fish that he had to call other boats to join him in raking in the catch. From a purely human perspective, what is Peter thinking and planning at this point?

Peter reacts quite dramatically to this miracle. Why? What is it that he’s beginning to grasp about Jesus? about himself? (hint: verse 8).

Why do you think this miracle has a more profound impact on him than the healing of his mom-in-law in Luke 4:38-39?

What did Jesus mean when he said, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will catch men”? What do you think Peter understood it to mean?

Peter, James and John walked away from their fishing business to start a new career with Jesus. Does this strike you as odd? Why? Why not?

When was the first time you felt the call of Jesus on your heart? How soon (or late) after that first experience did you make a decision to trust in Him as the Lord of your life?

What does it look like in your life to “catch” people for Jesus? (Don’t generalize your answer.... i.e: “save the world” “reach my neighbors.” Think practically and “applicably”, e.g: “I’m going to invite John to lunch with me on Friday and ask how I can pray for his needs”)

What in your life might Jesus be calling you to leave behind/forsake in order to “catch” more men and women into His kingdom?