25 Feb

Messengers of Gospel Grace

Passage: Luke 4:42 – 5:11

“His life is lightening; His words are thunder.”  – St. Augustine
Finally, the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied. – John 7:45


Describe a time you have really wanted to see or hear something/someone?

Read Luke 4:42 – 5:11. What surprises, encourages, or challenges you from this passage?

In 4:43 Jesus says why he was sent – the reason for the incarnation. What is the reason he was sent? Consider the ways mentioned in this passage that Jesus carries out his ministry – notice where and how he goes about accomplishing his mission.

The people were interested in what Jesus had to say. In 5:1 the people were crowding around him, listening to the word of God. The voice that spoke the world into existence became flesh and entered into life on earth and has now been written down and enlivened by the power of the Holy Spirit as the Bible. In what ways are you listening to God’s word in your daily, weekly schedules?

Peter was in charge of the boat Jesus taught from in 5:3. In what ways does Peter respond to Jesus in 5:3-11? What qualifies Peter as a fisher of people, joining in Jesus’s mission?

Jesus knew Peter’s need for fish, but more than that he knew his need for Jesus. The gospel meets all of our deepest needs with the good news of the kingdom of God and our place in it through the death and resurrection of Jesus. The sermon mentioned three dimensions of the gospel providing forgiveness, healing, and hope. When you first experienced and understood the good news of Jesus and his kingdom, what would you say was your greatest need? How did the gospel address that need?

Are you aware of deep needs of others in your life? In what ways does the gospel meet and satisfy that need? Consider ways you might be able to share the forgiveness, healing, hope or other dimension of the gospel specifically to address the deep need of someone in your life.


Share with your group how they can be praying for you: what is weighing on you from this past week? What are you praising God for from this past week?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the powers of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)