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Epiphany 5
Series C

From Rev. Kelly Bedard

"Caught By Christ"
Luke 5:1-11

A. Sole Fishing
   1. Working hard but catching nothing
   2. Shallow/higher vs. deeper/lower

B. Soul Fishing
   1. Sinking but not sunk
   2. Forsaking all and following Him


1. chalao (verse 4): to loosen, slacken, relax; to let down from a higher place to a lower

2. kopiao (verse 5): to grow weary, tired, exhausted (with toil or burdens or grief); to labor with wearisome effort, to toil; of bodily labor

3. zogreo (verse 10): to take alive; to take, catch, capture

4. aphiemi (verse 11): of a husband divorcing his wife

5. akoloutheo: to follow one who precedes, join him as his attendant, accompany him; to join one as a disciple, become or be his disciple; side with his party

6. "...there is no power in the means of themselves apart from the presence of Jesus." (Charles Spurgeon)

7. Think of Peter's possible excuses: "I've been working all night and I'm tired"; "I know a lot more about fishing than some carpenter"; "The best fishing is at night, not in the day time"; "All these crowds and loud teaching has scared the fish away"; "We already washed our nets"; "Jesus may know religion but He doesn't know fishing." (David Guzik)

8. "...the word 'catch' signifies to catch something alive. That is true evangelism; it isn't to bring dead people into a building, but to bring real life." (David Guzik) 
Rev. Kelly Bedard, M.Div.

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