A Fruitful Life: Addressing the Fish Factor

7 June, 2020 Stephen Scott

If you missed Stephen's message on Addressing the Fish Factor, you can now watch on Youtube.

Stephen touches on topical, racial tension and how as a church and as individuals, we need to be there for those who are broken and in need. Firstly, we need to wash our nets to be effective fishers of people.

Luke 5:1-11

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

5 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+5%3A1-11&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25109a)] the people were 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 fish for people.” 11 So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

Luke 4:8-19

8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25072a)]”

9 The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you

to guard you carefully;

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they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25075b)]”

12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[[c](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25076c)]”

13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.

Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

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“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

because he has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

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to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[[d](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+4%3A8-19&version=NIV#fen-NIV-25083d)]

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A Fruitful Life: Addressing the Forgiveness Factor

17 May, 2020 Bill Tyrie

Please connect in with Bill Tyrie's sermon from Sunday 17 May - A Fruitful Life: Addressing the Forgiveness Factor

Matthew 18:23-35 New International Version (NIV)

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+18%3A23-35&version=NIV#fen-NIV-23752a)] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+18%3A23-35&version=NIV#fen-NIV-23756b)] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

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