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After Jesus was baptized and tempted by Satan for 40 days, He began sharing the Good News of God’s love publicly, and healing people. Soon, great crowds followed Him.
One day as Jesus was teaching a great crowd of people by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two empty boats. The fishermen were washing their nets close by. Jesus stepped into one of the boats and asked Simon, the owner, to push out into the water so He could teach from the boat. After Jesus was done teaching, He told Simon to take the boat out where it was deeper and let down his nets to catch some fish.
Simon had been fishing all night long, catching nothing, but told Jesus, “if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” What happened next was miraculous!
Simon let down his nets and they were soon so full of fish they started to break! Simon and his brother, Andrew, called their friends to come and help in another boat. Soon, both boats were filled with so many fish they were almost sinking!!
When Simon saw this miracle, he realized Jesus was God’s Rescuer! Jesus told Simon not to be afraid, and gave him a new name—Peter. Jesus asked Peter to “Come, follow me and I will show you how to fish for people.” (Mark 1:17) As soon as their boats reached shore, Peter, his brother, Andrew, and their friends, James and John left everything and followed Jesus.
Peter became a follower of Jesus just like that. Another name for a follower of someone is disciple. A disciple acts and talks like the person they follow, in this case, Jesus. Peter was committing to learn how to act and talk like Jesus, so that he could share the Good News of God’s love with everyone and they would become followers /disciples of Jesus, too!
Jesus wants us to be followers of Him, too! As followers/disciples of Jesus, we need to live and talk like Jesus and share the Good News about God’s love with others so they will follow Jesus, too.
How are you doing? If people watched you and listened to you, would they know that you love and follow Jesus? I hope so! If not, the Holy Spirit can help you become more like Jesus each and every day, and give you the power to share God’s love with others.
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May God use each of us to share the Good News of God’s love with someone this week!
And if your student can't make it in person, they can connect over Zoom starting at 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The link for that is right here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88665915543?pwd=OGN0bGMzbFJuWkZscUNGVGJGaSthdz09
And if your student can't make it in person, they can connect over Zoom starting at 6:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83443162495?pwd=bE1OTk5IdldjR2NoNmNvbXdiQlNyQT09
And that's everything for this week. Let me know if you have any questions or would like to chat!
Myles 'Tails' Hanson
Student Ministries Director
And if your student can't make it in person, they can connect over Zoom starting at 6:30pm: