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    Put Out into the Deep - Luke 5:1-11

    August 19, 2019

    Read Luke 5:1-11

    There are four pictures for you to engage with in prayer.

    #1 Pic: A Shore / Place yourself in this picture. Picture yourself as Peter on the shore, washing out the nets. You are listening to Jesus teach. You hear His invitation to leave the shore and to try again, only this time He will go with you. When you think of leaving the shore, what would you be leaving behind? When you think of going out into the deep with Jesus, what might that mean for you? Why do you resist?

    Read Luke 5:1-11 again.

    #2 Pic: Surrender / Take the words, “If you say so,” and sit in silence with them. Tell God you are open to hear what His invitation is to you – what is it He wants to form in you – where does He need you to yield to the work of His Spirit for Him to work?

    Read Luke 5:1-11 one last time.

    #3 Pic: Following / Jesus wants us to partner with Him on mission…meaning there is some purpose in this season of life that He has for you to do something that will draw others towards His kingdom. Is it joining your efforts in a certain program/organization? Is it to encourage someone who is leading a kingdom work? Is it intercession? Is it behind the scenes work that will help the efforts? Is there something in your neighbourhood, in your family, with a friend? Is it stopping something and taking some time to hear God’s direction for the next thing?

    #4 Pic: Resting / Close with Matthew 11:28 from The Message

    “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

    Jesus invites us to partner with Him in mission but there is a way of working with Him and with others in unforced rhythms of grace that won’t leave us done in. Talk to Him about this, ask Him to teach you how to live out these unforced rhythms of grace while going out into the deep to be a fisher of people.

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