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So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fishermen had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, 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 and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him.

Luke 5:1-11

CG Discussion Questions:

1. Do you tend to be carrying out your own agenda in life and expect God to bless it without really consulting Him? What are the outcomes? How would you respond if you heard a word from God as in Simon Peter’s fisherman’s situation where it seems illogical to follow the instruction?
(Luke 5:5; 1 John 5:14-15)

2. Explain what prayer of consecration is and what are the hindrances to living out a consecrated life. What can you learn from Jesus’ prayer regarding seeking the will of God when He was at the Garden of Gethsemane?
(Matthew 26:36-45; John 6:38)

3. How does God speak to us and discuss the 4 safeguards that are put in place for us to check if our decisions are in God’s will. Do you have any challenging decision to make now in your life and how can you apply what you have learnt to ensure that you are seeking the will of God?
(Proverbs 16:3,9; Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 8:14-16; Proverbs 15:22)