First Church of God

Worship Service Times

Sunday School -
 10:15 AM

Sunday Morning Worship - 10:45 AM

Sunday Evening Worship - 6:00 PM

Mid-Week Prayer -
 7:00 PM

200 Fisher Street, Athens, TN

                                               A New Beginning
                                                   (Luke 5:1-11)
    "And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, 'Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught.' And Simon answering said unto him, Master we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, "Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him."

     Don't criticize Peter for sitting in the boat and working on his nets.  You can't help but admire a man who will work all night (fishing was his job not his hobby) in spite of discouragement and who will work in the day to get ready to go back to work at night? Peter was no loafer. In fact, whenever God calls a man, He calls one who is working.

     That is a good lesson to learn today: do the task that is at hand.  Do it well, and do it diligently, and the Lord will lead you into greater things for His glory.

     It did Peter a lot of good to sit in that boat and listen to Christ teach. You see, he was a captive audience.  After all, faith comes by hearing God's Word, and Peter would need real faith to let down his net at the command of Jesus.

     When our Lord permits delays and disappointments in our lives, it is only that He might bring even greater blessings to  us.  Peter caught more fish in one trip than he ever dreamed he could do!

     Best of all Peter saw himself.  The blessings God's Son brought to his life didn't make him proud and independent; rather they made him humble and submissive.  And the Lord promoted him!  He became a fisher of men instead of a fisher of fish.

     Yes, in the everyday activities of life--even in your job--Christ wants to come to bless you and to lead you into greater things.  Will you let Him?

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