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The Difference Jesus Makes

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The state of following Jesus Christ, and serving and obeying him. The NT stresses the privileges, joys and cost of this calling.

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The Bible Exposition Commentary Chapter Four: The Difference Jesus Makes (Luke 5)

Jesus was concerned about individuals. He preached to great crowds, but His message was always to the individual; and He took time to help people personally. His purpose was to transform them and then send them out to share His message of forgiveness with others. Luke describes in this chapter our Lord’s meetings with four individuals and the changes they experienced because they trusted Him.

`It is possible that at least seven of the disciples were fishermen (). Consider the fact that fishermen generally have the qualities that make for success in serving the Lord.
It takes courage and daring, patience and determination to work on the seas;
and it also takes a great deal of faith.
Fishermen must be willing to work together (they used nets, not hooks) and help one another.
They must develop the skills necessary to get the job done quickly and efficiently.
Psalm 133:1 AV
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

The Divine Request (v3)

The Divine Command (v4)

Matthew 4:19 AV
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Jeremiah 7:23 AV
But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.

Deeper Living

shallow fishing - normal method, nothing gained
deep fishing - those that hear and obey the voice of God. those that desire to go deeper
1. Change of attitude - yesterday’s shallow 1 or 2x a day prayers not enough
Psalm 119:105 AV
NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
2. Faith in God
Romans 10:17 AV
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The Divine Catch (v6-7)

Malachi 3:10 AV
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
2 Corinthians 9:8–9 AV
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
2 Corinthians 9:8–9 NIV
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”


Simon had a problem but the Problem Solver was right there in the boat
Jesus is so big that while He’s teaching a crowd, He’s calling fish to supply a need
He speaks to Abraham and says ‘stay thy han’
He speaks to Moses from a burning bush and calls him to liberate a nation
He speaks to Saul onthe Damscus road and changes him from persecutor to a pursuer,
Philippians 4:19 AV
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Blessing flow to those who have Jesus in the boat!
Psalm 84:4 AV
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psalm 84:12 AV
O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Psalm 115:15 AV
Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

Definition - Discipleship is the the relationship between a teacher (The Discipler) and the student (the disciple)

Discipleship involves learning

Learning from God

John 6:45 AV
It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
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Learning from Jesus Christ

Matthew 11:29 AV
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
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Learning from the Holy Spirit

John 14:26 AV
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
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Philippians 4:9 AV
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
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Learning to do what is good

Titus 3:14 AV
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
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Jesus Christ calls people to be his disciples

Matthew 4:19 AV
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
See also Jesus Christ calls James and John; ; Jesus Christ calls Matthew; ; Jesus Christ calls Philip;

The consequences of discipleship

Following Jesus Christ

Matthew 10:38 AV
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
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Serving Jesus Christ

Colossians 3:24 AV
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
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Obeying Jesus Christ

John 8:31 AV
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
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Responding immediately to Jesus Christ’s commands

Matthew 8:21–22 AV
And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
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Living for Jesus Christ and not for oneself

2 Corinthians 5:15 AV
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
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Loving others

John 13:12–17 AV
So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.
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Total commitment is required of Jesus Christ’s disciples

Matthew 10:37–39 AV
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
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The purpose of discipleship is to become Christlike

Ephesians 4:22–24 AV
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
See also ; ; God’s purpose in election; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; the purpose of Scripture; a call to holiness; ;

John 3:1–2 AV
There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
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