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Summary: This passage of scripture describes the motivation needed to follow Jesus.

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We Go A Fishing - John 21:1-22

Introduction:

1. Ray O’Conner - Ultimate Night Fisherman - He loved to fish and he loved to teach others how to fish.

Owned the home we lived in in Aurora Wisconsin when I was a boy.

Ultimate Bullhead Fisherman -

Knew where - Favorite sloughs (off the Menomenie River seprating Wisconsin from Michigan?) ... He never really told us where we were.

Knew How - Pole with a kerosene lantern on the end to draw bugs or fish or both. Bamboo poles with bait fished in the light.

Knew what it took to be successful -

Prepared to stay until they quit biting - Gunnysacks for fish

Prepared to finish when fishing was over -

Wheelbarrow to dump the catch in -

Special vise in his workshop that held a special board he’d made to nail the bullheads to in order to skin them.

Assigned task for each fisherman who went with him.

2. Definitions of love - Play on words here in the text.

Unconditional Love - agapaw

Kindly affection - fhilew

3. Reasons for serving Jesus

Negative Positive

Personal Success His Position - Son of the Living God

Reward His Purpose - Saviour - Seek & Save lost

Family Tradition His Perfection - Tempted without sin

Fear (Peer pressure, hell) His Presence - Adopted into His family

4. Motivation for serving Jesus - Mark 12:28-31

"One of the scribes came and heard them arguing, and recognizing that He had answered them well, asked Him, "What commandment is the foremost of all?" Jesus answered, "The foremost is, ’hear, o israel! the lord our god is one lord; and you shall love the lord your god with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ "The second is this, ’you shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these."

5. This passage of Scripture identifies the motive that Jesus wants us to have for following Him.

I. The Invitation to Follow His Leading Is Based Upon Love- John 21:1-9

"After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." They said to him, "We will also come with you." They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. So Jesus said to them, "Children, you do not have any fish, do you?" They answered Him, "No." And He said to them, "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch." So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord." So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread.


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