Sunday School Notes 2-15-2015

Topic: Repentance

Scripture: Luke 5:1-11

As the crowd was pressing in on Jesus to hear God’s word, He was standing by Lake Gennesaret. He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which belonged to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from the land. Then He sat down and was teaching the crowds from the boat.

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, “Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.”

“Master,” Simon replied, “we’ve worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I’ll let down the nets.”

When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them; they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!” For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took, and so were James and John, Zebedee’s sons, who were Simon’s partners.

“Don’t be afraid,” Jesus told Simon. “From now on you will be catching people!” Then they brought the boats to land, left everything, and followed Him.

What is Repentance?

  • Repentance is sorrow for sin (vv. 8)
    • What was Simon’s sin?
      • He doubted Christ (vv. 5)
      • Is there a difference between sinfulness and sin?
        • Sinfulness is our nature, sin is our action. We cannot separate the two.
      • Repentance is turning toward Christ (vv. 8)
        • Simon turned from unbelief to belief.
          • Many people admit they are wrong without turning to the one who is right (Jesus). These people are just as lost as those who never admit their sinfulness.
        • Repentance leads to obedience.
          • These three men left everything and followed Jesus

The calling of the three

  • Why does Luke emphasize Christ’s miracle catch and not the words that He taught?
    • We do not know what Christ taught the people here, but we know how He followed up His teaching and we know that He called three men to follow Him after the act.
    • Perhaps the spoken Word has a purpose greater than simply being a teaching.
    • Why do people teach the Word of God?
      • After speaking, Christ enabled the disciples to catch more fish than they could tote, then called them to be fishers of men.
      • The purpose of the Word is not just a teaching for us to live by, but it actually leads us into relationships with the Father. It is the net by which people are ‘caught’ for God’s kingdom.
    • Why might the disciples have dropped everything to follow Christ?
      • They saw that Christ was more worthwhile than even their own livelihood
        • No matter how much we have, it is worth leaving for Christ

Questions for class discussion:

  1. Much repentance is fear driven? Is this a good repentance or not?
    1. What should our motivation be for repentance?
      1. God’s goodness
  2. What is the connection between repentance and our mission as Christ’s followers?
    1. If we do not repent, then we have not admitted that we have done wrong
    2. If we do not repent, then we fail to turn to Christ
    3. If we do not repent, then we cannot obey
    4. If we do repent, then we are trusting Christ to conform us to His image
  3. How might the level of repentance in our lives help/hinder our witness to others?

Homework!

It’s time to be honest with God.

Ask God to reveal the sin in your life. For many, we already know because God has convicted us. What areas of your life do not meet God’s standard of perfection? Ask God for forgiveness, turn away from those things and replace them with the things of God. Commit to get rid of those things and live to please the Father. Finally, ask God for strength because this can be a difficult and painful task. Deny self. Follow Christ.

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