Summary: Practical Lessons of Ministry
1. “The people pressed upon Him to hear” (v. 1). Jesus chose common people to follow Him, not religious people.
2. “He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret” (v. 1). Go to where the people are; don’t make them come to you.
3. “To hear the Word of God” (v. 1). People must first listen to the word of God before responding.
4. “Two ships” (v. 2). One was Zebedee’s, the other was Peter’s. Jesus chose to use a dysfunctional loud mouth. He didn’t choose religious leaders.
5. “Washing their nets” (v. 2). Jesus chooses working people, not lazy people.
6. “Entered into one of the ships which was Simon’s” (v. 3). Jesus doesn’t need ships, He can walk on water. Peter needs Jesus to use him and his ship. To do ministry.
7. “Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push out a little into the water” (v. 3, TLB). Jesus allows us to give to Him, so He can ask us to give back to Him a much greater benefit.
8. He taught the people out of the ship” (v. 3). Both are needed for mass ministry and individual ministry.
9. “Launch out a little” (v. 3). Our little service for Christ can have great results.
10. “He taught the people” (v. 3). The Word of God comes before the miracles.
11. “Launch out into the deep.” Big ones not caught in shallow water.
12. “Let down the nets” (v. 4). Jesus wants total dedication.
13. “For a draught” (v. 4). God uses what we have in ability and possession.
14. “We have toiled all night.” We offer excuses from our perception.
15. “All the night” (v. 5). The Tilapia, “St. Peter’s fish,” have big eyes and can see the nets and boat, but not at night.
16. “Take nothing” (v. 5). Man’s extremity is God’s opportunity.
17. “Let down the net” (v. 5). Jesus asked for all but we usually give him a portion. Jesus will always ask us to do something that will use our faith.
18. “Nevertheless” (v. 5). This didn’t make sense to Peter, but Jesus never leaves you with less, He will always give you more.
19. “When they had done this” (v. 6). Serving Christ not on your agenda, but His agenda.
20. “I will let down the net” (v. 5). Usually we do just enough to satisfy ourselves, but not satisfy God.
21. “A great multitude of fishes.” One of the greatest catches of his life.
22. Their net broke” (v. 6).
a. If Peter had obeyed completely, would they have broken?
b. Same plan, same net, same boat, same fishermen, so you can’t take the credit. God gave the increase.
c. When you decide to obey God, just do it.
23. “Breaking nets . . . sinking ships.” God doesn’t have to make sense to get a message across. But He always makes sense.
24. The miracle of fish swimming into the net. God will make people come into your nets.
25. “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man” (v. 8). Usefulness should make us humble, not proud.