Preparing for Worship: Fishing for People

Preparing for Worship: Fishing for People

John Haralson   •   May 5, 2017

As to the meaning of the metaphor, "fishers of men", there is no necessity for a minute investigation. Yet, as it was drawn from the present occurrence, the allusion which Christ made to fishing, when he spoke of the preaching of the Gospel, was appropriate: for men stray and wander in the world, as in a great and troubled sea, till they are gathered by the Gospel.
John Calvin, Commentary on Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Dear Friends,

This past weekend, over 50 guys from Grace had a wonderful time at the Men’s Retreat. Dr. Hans Bayer, from Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, led us in an engaging time of considering the life of Peter. 

One of the many things I love about Hans is that it is very evident he speaks as one who is under the same word that he teaches to others. He has devoted his life to studying the New Testament, and he brings all of his intellectual, emotional, and spiritual energies to this task. However, far from coming across as an “expert” who has “mastered” the Bible, he comes across as a committed, but humble disciple of Jesus who is trying to instruct others who are on the same path as he is.

In Luke 5, we come across the story of Jesus calling the first disciples. It is clear from this text that Jesus intends to share his work with his followers. This is as staggering as it is dignifying―Jesus invites us into his life-changing work of forming and shaping men, women, and children into his disciples.

In this densely-packed episode, we get a taste of the kind of labor Jesus is calling us toward, both as individuals and as a congregation. In addition, we will also begin to sense out some of the character traits that should be growing in us as we respond to Jesus’ call.

This Sunday: Luke 5:1-11 (NIV), Fishing for People.

Liturgy is here

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John