Bible Study - LUKE: The Catch

1. Did you go fishing much when you were growing up? Did you ever go fishing with someone else who made the experience better just by being there? Who? How did they make the experience better? What is something you are thankful for or are celebrating?

2. Where are you experiencing stress or anxiety? Where would like to see God move in your life or in the life of someone close to you? Ask your group to be praying with you about that.

3. What did you hear in this week’s sermon that was new or particularly interesting? Did anything stand out to you as puzzling or troubling?

4. Read Luke 5:1-32. Look at the notes in your Luke Journal related to this passage (pages 38-43). What stood out to you the most from these readings? What questions did you make note of that were raised for you by these readings? Did anything in these readings prompt you to do anything? To change anything? To believe something new?

5. This passage begins with Jesus calling Peter to follow him and ends with Jesus calling Matthew to
follow him. What similarities do you notice in the details related to Peter’s calling and those related
to Matthew’s calling? What differences do you notice between them? What would it look like in your life to follow Jesus’s instructions to “row out into the deep and let down your nets?”

6. Peter follows Jesus’s fishing instructions and experiences a miraculous catch. Has Jesus ever asked you to do something in your profession or relationships that went against conventional wisdom? Did you follow his instructions? What happened?

7. Do you ever find yourself focused on, or frustrated by, the difficulty of what Jesus instructs you to do when it comes to forgiving others, handling money, managing conflict, or responding to opposition? Why? Have you ever asked yourself - “What will I miss out on if I don’t follow Jesus’s instructions?” Have you ever got in on a blessing because someone else was obedient?

8. Two incidents of Jesus healing people are recorded in Luke 5:1-32. What similarities to you notice between the healing of the leper and the healing of the paralytic? What differences do you notice? What do you learn about Jesus from these two stories? What are they calling/challenging you to do or change to become more like Him in that regard?

9. Chris noted three of the things we can learn about Jesus from this passage are: (1) Jesus goes to people where they are; (2) Jesus starts with people as they are; and (3) our sins are a bigger deal and forgiveness is a greater miracle that we realize. Which of those is the most meaningful for you today? Why?

10. In the next 24-48 hours, what simple next step could you take in obedience to what you’ve learned from your time in God’s Word? Who would benefit from hearing what you’ve learned this week? Will you share it with them?
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