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The Call to Service - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 12 of 94
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Luke 5:1-11
Mar 24, 2002 am - Today, with God's blessing, we'll continue our study of Luke's Gospel. Thus far, the Lord has been doing everything on His own-preaching the Gospel, healing the sick, casting out devils, and so on. This is a good way to start, but it's a bad long-term strategy. Our Lord won't be here forever and He's got to train men to do His work when He's gone. They'll do it by His grace, wisdom, and power, of course, but still, it is they who must do it. That's what our story is about today: It is the call of Peter, James, and John. THE STORY Luke begins his story in the usual way: by setting the scene. It took place at the beach on the Sea of Geneserat-or Galilee. Our Lord is teaching the multitudes-and He's been at it all morning, it seems. The people are enthralled by His sermon-they've never heard anything like it. As it goes on, they begin creeping closer and closer to the preacher. If they keep it up, they're going to push him into the sea! But then He has an idea. There are some fishermen nearby with their boats pulled up on the beach. He steps into one of the boats and tells the skipper to push off a ways. With the breathing room this affords, He finishes the sermon and sends the ... More >>>

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