The Inside Column 03/01

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Good morning and welcome to St Barnabas Stoke – if you are visiting today we hope you encounter God’s goodness and love for you as you join us in worshipping Him, please feel free to stick around afterwards for a coffee and a chat.

Last week we started a little series out of  Luke 5:

Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd. When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ll let out the nets.” It was no sooner said than done—a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch. Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. “Master, leave. I’m a sinner and can’t handle this holiness. Leave me to myself.” When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee’s sons, coworkers with Simon.

Jesus said to Simon, “There is nothing to fear. From now on you’ll be fishing for men and women.” They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him.            - Luke 5 :1-11 (Msg)

Last week…Encountering Jesus (verse 8), This week; God first in all things  (verse 11) and next week Called in to the mission of God (Verse 10).

As we work our way through this little series about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, my hope is you will think about your own calling us a

Follower. What does it mean for you to follow Jesus?

Only a couple of weeks to Convergence Camp. Make sure you sign up today.

Save the Date… On Saturday 23 February at 7.00pm we will be hosting Banquet in the Garden mission fundraiser at 158 Pugh Road, Hope. There is a 3 course meal and a live jazz band. Cost is $40 a person , BYO wine, non alcoholic drinks provided. All funds go to Bright Hope World Recada Ministry in Kenya to empower farmers to become economically self-sustaining. Get some friends together and come out for a great dinner and fun evening.


I hope everyone is surviving the heat!


Yours in Christ



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