February 23, 2020

GUEST SPEAKER: Rev. Paul Msiza, President, Baptist World Alliance

   This week, Rev. Paul Msiza shared from Luke 5 about divine appointments with God.

  • What is a “divine appointment?" What was Peter’s “divine appointment” in Luke 5:1–11?
  • Rev. Msiza said that Peter’s disappointment was for a divine purpose. Peter’s disappointment helped him meet Jesus. What disappointment(s) in your life have helped you be where you needed to be to meet Jesus? Explain.
  • Rev. Msiza shared “God has an appointment with all of us for salvation.” Have you honored yours? What was your response to God’s call to save you?

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One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and 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, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

~ Luke 5:1–11