"NEVERTHELESS AT YOUR WORD I WILL"

by Rev.Charles Bronson
(Jackson, Ms)

Key Verse: Luke 5:1-11


INTRODUCTION:

1. Jesus charged His apostles to make disciples of all the nations...

  • Baptizing them upon His authority - Mt 28:18-19

  • Teaching them to observe what He commanded - Mt 28:20
-- Are you a disciple of Jesus Christ?

2. The mindset of a disciple was displayed when Jesus called Peter...
  • When Jesus was teaching at the Sea of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee)- Lk 5:1-3

  • When Jesus called on Peter to let down the net - Lk 5:4-5

  • When Jesus called on Peter to lay down his net - Lk 5:10-11
-- Did you notice the mindset of a disciple of Jesus?

We see the mindset of a disciple as we note...

I. PETER'S WILLINGNESS TO DO THE LORD'S WORD
  1. IN LETTING DOWN THE NET...

    1. Jesus instructed Peter to let down his net - Lk 5:4

    2. Peter did not think it would do any good - Lk 5:5a

    • They had been fishing all night, they had caught nothing

    • Wouldn't a fisherman know more about fishing than a carpenter?

    3. Yet Peter said, "Nevertheless at Your word I will led down the net." - Lk 5:5b

    • Though he did not think it would work

    • Though it defied common sense

    4. The result of doing the Lord's word - Lk 5:6-8

    • The catch was overwhelming for one net, even for two boats

    • Peter was made aware of his own sinfulness

    -- Here we see the mindset of a disciple: "Nevertheless at Your word I will..."

  2. IN LAYING DOWN THE NET...

    1. He and his coworkers were astonished at their success - Lk 5:9-10a

    2. Jesus reassured Peter, and then called him and his partners to follow Him - Lk 5:10b-11

    • Though he did not think he could be any good ("I am a sinful man, O Lord!")

    • Though it meant leaving behind a successful business and family
      1) Peter left his wife (for the time being) - cf. Lk 4:38; Lk 18:28; 1Co 9:5
      2) James and John left their father - cf. Mt 4:21-22

    • Yet they left all and followed Him!

    3. The result of doing the Lord's word

    • The Lord called them to even greater service - cf. Lk 6:13-14

    • They would receive even greater rewards - cf. Lk 22:28-30

    -- Such is the mindset of a disciple: "Nevertheless at Your word I will..."

Peter, together with James and John, illustrate the attitude that must characterize a disciple of Jesus: a willingness to do whatever the Lord says, no matter the cost, even when we don't understand why...

II. OUR WILLINGNESS TO DO THE LORD'S WORD

...IN BECOMING HIS DISCIPLE...

  1. We may not think we can do any good

    1. We might think we are too sinful, but Jesus calls sinners - cf. Lk 5:8,32

    2. Even the rankest of sinners can serve Him - cf. 1Co 6:9-11

  2. We are to follow Him above all (family, work, self)

    1. Jesus must come before family, even self - Lk 14:26; cf. Mt 10:37; Lk 9:23-26

    2. Jesus must come before work as well - Lk 14:16-24

  3. For those willing to follow Him, the rewards are great

    1. In this present time, much more! - Lk 18:28-30a

    2. In the age to come, eternal life! - Lk 18:30b

-- Do we have the mindset to become a disciple ("Nevertheless at Your word I will")?

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