Luke 5: "Leave Me, Lord, I'm a Sinner"

Luke 5: "Leave Me, Lord, I'm a Sinner"

In this blog, we focus on one story, one man, one verse (Luke 5:8). Below, watch a clip of the story of Peter and the miraculous catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11) in English and/or Spanish.

In viewing this segment of “Jesus Film” (Jesusfilm.org), I’m also introducing you to this full-length film on the Gospel of Luke, the story of Jesus in 1,688 languages that Greg and Jill Taylor have used in global evangelism.

In a Journey Sunday service, I’m playing the episode in seven different languages. This will help people who speak Spanish, Korean, English, Italian, Hebrew, Greek, and Lusoga. But there’s also a symbolic reason for many languages. I’m playing the episode in these seven languages to represent how each of us “in our own words,” push Jesus away,  saying, “Leave me, Lord, I’m a sinner.”

English Translation of Jesus Film segment on Luke 5:1-11

Spanish Translation of Jesus Film segment on Luke 5:1-11

NEXT STEPS

What’s going on with you and me that we push Jesus away? Is our imagination too active or not active enough about life in the presence of God?

  • Are you on the shore with the crowds?

  • Are you in the boat with Peter saying, “Leave me, Lord, I’m a sinner”?

  • Are you James and John, excitedly enjoying miracles but not ready to engage Jesus’ way of self-sacrifice.

  • Are you afraid? Do you hear Jesus saying to you, “Fear not . . .”

  • What does Jesus mean when He says, “ . . . from now on, you are going to catch people?”

PRAYER

What is going on with me, Lord, when I push you away. I admit, I don’t always know. Healthy intimacy with people is sometimes difficult, and intimacy with you is always healthy, but we’re still scared or something. We think it’s been a historic problem of humans to resist, push you away, hide, avoid you. So help us conquer this fear and avoidance by accepting how Jesus removed this dividing wall between you and us. Thank you. I can take a deep breath and try to get it again. I love you, Lord. Amen.

SERMON

DISCUSSION GUIDE

What did you like and/or dislike about the sermon? What stood out to yo in a new way?

  • The focus on such a powerful phrase?

  • The ability and the impact of the Jesus Film in 1688 languages?

  • The information from Brene Brown’s Tedx Talk?

Have you ever felt what Luke felt? Explain

When life gives you a turn, do you recognize that Jesus is with you? Do you thank Jesus?

Are you so caught up in your sinfulness and unworthiness that you aren’t able to be thankful to others and God?

Why do yo push Jesus away? Do you think you’re unworthy? Do you fear his power?

Where are you in your relationship with Jesus?

  • Are you in the srowds just enjoying the teaching and that’s all?

  • Are you in hte other boats seeing the miracles but not quite ready to engage?

  • Are you like Peter, close saying, “Leave me Lord I’m a sinner”?

Is there something about you that if others know it or see it, that you think you will not be worthy of connection/love?

Do you know you are worthy of Jesus’ love?

Are you a fisher of men? In what way?

NEXT STEP

When you try to push Jesus away, remember what Jesus said to Peter, “Fear not, you’re gonna be fishin’ for people”. (Jo Morton version)

What does Jesus want to do with your life that you are resisting because you don’t think you’re worthy. You are worthy! Jesus made you worthy!


Greg Taylor is preaching minister of The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Greg Taylor is preaching minister of The Journey: A New Generation Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Greg Taylor, M.Div.

Greg Taylor is the preacher for The Journey. He holds degrees in Print Journalism from Harding University and a Master of Divinity from Harding School of Theology. Greg is working on his Doctor of Ministry at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where The Journey is located. Greg is married to Jill, who is a math teacher at Broken Arrow High School. They have three adult children, Ashley, Anna, and Jacob, and of course they are very proud of each of what God has done in each one of their lives. Greg is author of several books you can order from your favorite bookseller.

 
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