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I. By the miracle of the catch of fish

II. By the ministry of the catch of people

Luke 5:1-11 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, with the

people crowding around him and listening to the word of God, 2 he saw at the water’s

edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 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. 4 When he had finished

speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 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.” 6 When they had done so, they caught

such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 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. 8 When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and

said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” 9 For he and all his companions were

astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and 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 catch men.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and

followed him.

In the name of Jesus Christ, who has called us to be his messengers, dear

Christian friends, Interesting questions we heard today throughout our worship— only one of

which was answered, so we will answer them now! The first couple of questions came

from the LORD to the prophet Isaiah, asking him, “Whom shall I send? And who will go

for us?” (6:8). The next ones came from God through the Apostle Paul asking the

Romans, “And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can