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Fishy Fishermen made Faithful Followers (Matthew 4:17-22)

(God looks at a stone and doesn't see rock_

Intro:

1. How many fishermen do we have here

2. Fishermen are a unique breed

3. 25 pound crappie and a four foot long bluegill

Two fellows meet in Florida. One says: 'I went fishing last week and caught a sardine that weighed 450 pounds.'

The other guy looks at him and says: 'I too was fishing last week, and I didn't catch anything, but I pulled up the hook, and standing on the hook was a lantern from an old ship. God only knows how long it was lying in the mud, because it was covered with seaweed and barnacles. I washed it the best I could and polished it, and on the bottom was a scripted engraving, 'Manufactured 1467'. This was before Columbus and would you believe it, the light was still burning!'

The other guy says, 'I'll take off 100 pounds from the herring, you blow out the light.'

Let’s talk about some special fishermen

Text: (Matt4:17-22 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Change your hearts and lives, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”

18 As Jesus was walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew. They were throwing a net into the lake because they were fishermen. 19 Jesus said, “Come follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20 So Simon and Andrew immediately left their nets and followed him.

21 As Jesus continued walking by Lake Galilee, he saw two other brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets. Jesus told them to come with him. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and they followed Jesus.

(NCV)

No doubt, many would question the wisdom of choosing such men like Peter, Andrew, James and John but God the Son knew exactly what he was doing. He was choosing common men for a very uncommon task - He was taking fishy fishermen and making them faithful followers.

What qualities did Jesus see and what purpose did Jesus have? These are the questions we will seek to answer this day as we examine: The Eye of the Sculptor, The Surrender, and finally the Masterpiece of the Master.

I. The Eye of the Sculptor

The difference between an artist and most of us is that the artist has the ability to visualize what the outcome is going to be . . .

I look at a rock and all I see is a rock. I look at a canvas and all I can see is bland piece of expensive cloth. And, if I was Jesus walking along that day seeing these smelly fishermen, all I could see would have been smelly fishermen.

But our Lord has the Eye of an Artist. He see what can be and not just what is.

A. What did the Artist See?

1. An Outstanding Spokesman and Leader - Peter

2. A Servant and Evangelist - Andrew

3. A Martyr - James

4. A Loving Friend and Powerful Preacher - John

B. What does the Artist see in you?

1. Sin Made Saint?

2. Child Being Made Mature?

3. Good Steward?

C. What Did God See In Others?

1. David- a snot nosed kid

2. Jacob-a deceiver

3. Moses- a softy used to palace life-too quick to act


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