October 17, 2021 SUMC 9am Worship Service

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Oct. 17, 2021

The Chosen: “The Rock on Which it is Built”

Luke 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 1:27-30; John 1:35-42

1.  Introduction: Faith and Film

2.  Simon Peter (Luke 5:3-11)

     a.  Signs of being spiritually shallow…

          i.  There are places in our lives where we secretly struggle with sin.

          ii.  There are blind spots from our own brokenness that we fail to see.

          iii.  Impulsive actions such as speak first and think second.

          iv.  Living a life of Sunday saint…Monday aint.

     b.  Peter’s spiritually shallow life…

          i.  …impacted other people, most significantly his wife.

          ii.  …lead Peter to attempt to fix all the problems around him.

          iii.  …and his attempt to be self-reliant, pushed God out of the picture.

     c.  Peter’s wife asked him this question, “Where’s your faith?”  What if that is the question Jesus is asking you and me today?

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

     d.  Jesus & Peter

          i.  Go out deeper, you were not meant to stay in the shallow end.

          ii.  There is a miracle I want to do in your life, but to receive it you must go deeper.  

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.

But if you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 

So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

          iii.  Peter could have easily missed out on the miracle if he didn’t choose to put the nets back into the water.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. 

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

          iv.  Peter said yes to Jesus’ invitation to go deeper, and he experienced a breakthrough.

3.  Jesus invites us to go deeper…to develop a deeper trust. But how?

          i.  Deeper Obedience

               > Five words which can change the trajectory of your life.

“But if you say so…”

               > Delayed obedience is disobedience.

               > What is God asking you that maybe you have been putting off?

          ii.  Deeper Repentance

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!”

               > Whenever we have this kind of encounter with Jesus, we realize how perfect he is, but how broken we are. 

               > It's that realization that we're so deeply broken that we need Jesus to change it.

               >  When was the last time you prayed like Peter did?

          iii.  Deeper Purpose

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 

               > Jesus always has a deeper purpose for our lives, but do we even recognize it?

               > What is your deeper purpose?

4.  God chose a brash, impulsive, and angry man to follow him and in the process, Peter received a new name, which means rock.  And Peter became the rock on which the Church was built.