Impossible Ridiculous Choices! Choose a few of these questions to pose to the group. Ask them which one they would choose and why!
1. Would you rather have NOSY neighbors or NOISY neighbors?
2. Would you rather have to rap everything you want to say or only be able to communicate through charades?
3. Would you rather have hiccups for the rest of your life or always feel you're about to sneeze?
4. Would you rather have a five minute conversation with your past self or with your future self?
5. Would you rather have sandpaper for skin or spaghetti for hair?
1. Read Luke 5:1-3. Since the fishermen were washing their nets, what did this indicate?
(Intent: They were quitting for the day and expected to be done. They had been fishing all night, perhaps because fish become more active in cooler water or because of favorable winds.)
2. Why do you think Jesus got into Simon Peter's boat?
(Intent: Simon knew Jesus,who had healed his mother-in-law in Lk. 4:38-39. Getting into a boat made it easier to speak to the crowd, but Jesus may have picked Simon’s boat to again show His divinity personally to Peter, who was beginning to follow Him and would become his lead disciple. Jesus orchestrated all of this.)
3. A. In Luke 5:4-5, what do you think Simon Peter was thinking? How might prior circumstances affect Simon’s response to Jesus? B. What do you think made Simon go ahead and drop the nets again? C. What are the implications of Simon Peter’s actions in this scene for us?
(Intent: Faith actions are driven by a number of things, but primarily our trust in God who has revealed Himself to us. It always involves some risk; this is the primary growth mechanism of our faith. In Lk. 4 Jesus was tempted when He was at His weakest, and here Jesus tested Peter when he was weak, after a long and likely discouraging night. It takes less faith to be strong when we are at our best; it takes greater faith to be strong when we are at our weakest. See Rom. 1:17 “a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.” NIV)
4. Describe a situation where you thought some direction from Scripture didn't make sense. What did you do and how did it turn out?
(Intent: Encourage the group to share “faith lessons,” positive and negative, that led to growth of their faith in Christ.)
5. Read Luke 5:6-10. Compare Isaiah 6:1, 5. A. What do you think of Simon Peter’s reaction? B. How do you think you would have reacted?
6. In v. 10b-11, they "left everything and followed Him.” What did this likely look like?
7. How has the Lord asked you to "leave everything and follow Him"?
8. How can you "catch men"?
Break up in pairs:
Has God ever asked you to do something you felt was a little crazy? What did you do?
Pray together asking God to help you hear clearly what He is saying to you and ask Him to help you have the understanding and courage to act accordingly this week. Be prepared for the Lord to answer this prayer and be prepared to share with your small group the following week.