MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE – INSPIRED: THE GOD BREATHED LIFE – SERMON RESOURCES
ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP
On Sunday, Pastor Donnell spoke further about the kingdom of God. He said that we make visible what is invisible, the loving, enduring, transformative presence of the living God. This particularly happens when we share God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness with others.
Pastor Donnell pointed out that one of the lessons that Peter learned early on his journey was to be himself. As we look back on Peter’s story in Luke 5, we see that “Peter is accepted, but is called to a different kind of life.”
[After fishing all night and catching nothing, Jesus tells Peter to go back out and try again, during the day when the fish are not there. After catching an extraordinary number of fish.]
8When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” 11So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. (Luke 5:8-11)
It’s as if Jesus is saying, “I see you. I believe in you. I know you.”
This week, we will use this passage to engage Jesus with his call for our own lives. As we pray this passage, consider how well you think Jesus knows you. Does he know your name, what you do for a living, your strengths, your weaknesses.
Consider how you feel about yourself in the eyes of Jesus. At this point in his life, Peter saw himself as a sinner and didn’t particularly want Jesus to really know him. He was afraid. Jesus then gave Peter a new purpose in life. What do you think your purpose in life is? Has this changed as you have gotten to know Jesus or know him better?
When you have 10-15 minutes to pray, read the passage slowly, considering these questions. Pause as answers come to mind. Share your thoughts and feelings with Jesus. Do you have questions of your own about Jesus’ feelings toward you, his expectations for your life, etc. Share these questions with him. Give him time to answer. Each time your mind quiets down a bit, read a little more of the passage, again pausing to engage Jesus as feelings and thoughts arise.
When you have gone through the passage once, sit quietly for a minute or two with your experience. Share any lingering thoughts with Jesus. Then begin to read the passage again a second time, more slowly this time. See if you have any thoughts or feelings about your life which you didn’t share with Jesus the first time through. If so, try to share them this time. As you read about Jesus’ new plan for Peter’s life, consider how you might bring more grace, mercy and forgiveness into the world, to those with whom you interact.
When you have finished, jot down any significant thoughts, feelings and decisions.
Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.