What a fabulous command given to Peter: "Launch out and let down your nets for a draught (a catch of fish)!" Although at the time, it was the last thing Peter had on his mind and was reluctant to do so after being up all night and exhausted from fruitless labor.
Whereas Peter was more desirous of the meeting of his physical needs (He was exhausted and wanted to sleep!), Christ knew there was something these fishermen needed to know about Himself that was far more important than their comfort and convenience. The means Christ would use to teach these men would be the incredible catch of fish - so much that the weight would break their nets! These men would leave fishing and their nets to go fishing for something else - men! Fishermen became fishers of men!
Synopsis: This text helps to embrace the perspective God wants us to keep in mind lest we get sidetracked or distracted from living life the way He intended. Notice three key statements Paul makes that are vital to embracing this perspective.
Synopsis: Life-changing decisions are made when based upon a life-changing encounter with the Lord of creation. Do you believe God is more eager to bless and use you than you want Him to do? Christ's command to "Launch out and let down your nets for a catch of fish" is most instructive for us today and challenges us to give ourselves fully and freely to Him to be used of Him to catch men for Christ!
Synopsis: God's statement at the end of verse four not only was true of Israel as they prepared to cross the Jordan River and possess the land promised to them for centuries, but it also in reality is the headline over every day of our lives and in the new year in particular! But though uncertainties and anxieties might be the anticipated response to new beginnings, it need not be the case. In this message we understand the reason why!
Synopsis: In this message for the new year, find out what provisions God made for Joshua and Israel and what preparations Joshua needed to make so that as they began a new era, they would experience "Conquest Through Faith."
Synopsis: Our Christian lives are a series of changing times and seasons. Time itself is a succession of changing moments. Our perspective on change has a lot to do with how we interpret our set of circumstances. For 2019, here are some stabilizing truths about God's nature and work that bring security in the midst of insecurity, certainty in the midst of uncertainty, confidence as we face an unknown future that is known only to God.
Synopsis: In part one of today's message from our text today, the apostle John challenges us with the matter of prosperity in every aspect of life and with a specific standard by which the prayer for that kind of prosperity is given. How prosperous is your soul today? Is your soul prospering? How would you know if it is? What would that look like?
Synopsis: In part 2 of this message from 3 John 2-4, we discover two evidences of a soul that is prospering. If you would be spiritually prosperous in 2019, then these two evidences must be seen in our lives!
Synopsis: Moses was a humble man and a hopeful man because he remained a prayerful man who lived in the reality of God. He wasn't just a religious man who "said his prayers" each night before going to sleep! From this prayer of Moses in Exodus 33 we learn important truths. He offers two requests to the Lord that are the same two requests we must take to the Lord if we are to develop the kind of relationship he had with God and if we are to correctly handle the uncertainties that lie ahead in the new year.
Synopsis: Many born-again believers know of the necessity and importance of getting into God's Word daily, but have you ever wondered, "where in the Bible does it say I have to read God's Word each day?" There may be those who think, "Isn't this just one of those man-made legalistic "rules" of the Christian life somebody came up with?" Tonight we look at a passage of Scripture that helps us see not only the necessity of spending time with God each day in His Word, but the clear benefits of doing so!
Synopsis: In Romans 8:31-35, Paul raises seven questions about every influence possible that might obstruct the believer's confident, hope-filled assurance of present preservation and future glory. These challenges, in the form of questions, give rise to three fundamental, hope-filled reasons why in this new year, neither "things present nor things to come" (v. 38b) can prevent any Christian from being "more than conqueror through him that loved us" (v. 37).
Synopsis: In Philippians 3 we see the heart of a man who didn't get sidetracked in following society's definition of success. In verses 13-14, we find what we need to know and do in order to have a successful new year in 2021.
Synopsis: There are interesting parallels between what the Jewish nation and Joshua were facing as they began their new year and what we do as we begin our new year--2022. So here's the question: What or whom are you trusting for directional advice to navigate through 2022? Three truths summarize our perspective for this entire year.
Synopsis: Our text in Revelation 21:5 reveals God's plan and God's promise. Implied in that promise is an invitation extended to each one to accept - an invitation for a new beginning. If we can accept the fact that God will make a new Heaven and a new Earth and He has the creative power to do so, then we can also accept the reality of four other things that will bring encouragement and hope. This morning's message is part 1 of 2 from this text.