The Inside Column 27/01

Posted in: The Inside Column- Jan 27, 2019 No Comments

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.

Welcome to the New Year! We have been away for the last couple of weeks, with the family. Fishing, rivers and beaches been a big part of our holidays. I hope you have all had a good holidays and are feeling refreshed for the New Year.

A big thank you to all the people that have been running the church over the last four weeks. We are so blessed to have such a great group that are happy to step up and take the lead – thank you.

At the start of each year there is the opportunity to think about what we might want to achieve this year, what new things we might do, what are the things we want to stop doing.

As you all know from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 February we have our church camp Convergence, and we have Spanky Moore as our guest speaker. One of the things Spanky is going to be speaking on is discipleship – the word we use to talk about all things to do with following Jesus. As we build up to camp I would like to spend the next couple of weeks looking at and thinking about what it means to be disciples of Jesus.

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[a] the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one  belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they  began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners.

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be fraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.                     - Luke 5:1-11

 

What does it mean to leave everything and follow him?

 

Yours in Christ

Philip

 

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