(Message by Tanny Keng) 

0. Introduction

a) Fishers of Men

i) 18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him. 

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. (Matthew 4:18-22 NIV)

1. What is the text all about?

a) Jesus told Peter and Andrew to leave their fishing business and become "fishers of men," to help others find God. Jeus was calling them away from their productive trades to be productive spiritually. We all need to fish for souls. If we practise Christ's teachings and share the gospel with others, we will be able to draw those around us to Christ like a fisherman who pulls fish into his boat with nets.

b) These men already knew Jesus. He had talked to Peter and Andrew previously and had been preaching in the  area. When Jesus called them, they knew what kind of man he was and were willing to follow him. They were not in hynotic trance when they followed but had been thoroughly convinced that following him would change their lives forever.

c) James and his brother, John, along with Peter and Andrew, were the first disciples that Jesus called to work with him. Jesus' call motivated these men to get up and leave their jobs immediately. They didn't make excuses about why it wasn't a good time. When Jesus asks us to serve him, we must be like the disciples and do it at once.

2. Prayer focus

a) Pray that we would be like James, John, Peter and Andrew, when called we will respond immediately. Not many have been chosen to full time ministry (serving in church)  but definitely all have been called to be a witness for Jesus in the marketplace (school, college, university, workplace, home etc...).

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