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We Can't Stay Here

We Can't Stay Here

Oct 06, 2019

Passage:Luke 5:1-11

Preacher: Michael Wolk

Series: This is Who We Are

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October 6, 2019      

Michael Wolk

This is Who We Are - We Can’t Stay Here

Luke 5:1-11

“On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, and he saw two boats by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. Getting into one of the boats, which was Simon's, he asked him to put out a little from the land. And he sat down and taught the people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.”  Luke 5:1-11

Main Idea: Church Multiplication is an Overflow of Discipleship

I. We Can’t Stay Here Because it is Jesus Who Calls

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:18-20

But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”Luke 5:8

“And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.””Luke 5:10b

II. We Can’t Stay Here Because the Harvest is Plentiful

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.  Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”  Luke 10:2

“…he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” And Simon answered, “Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets.” And when they had done this, they enclosed a large number of fish, and their nets were breaking. They signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.”  Luke 5:4b-7

What Church Multiplication is NOT about:

  • Building our “brand”
  • Building our real estate portfolio
  • Building the Church

“I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18b

Church Multiplication is an Overflow of Discipleship

III. We Can’t Stay Here Because There’s a War Going On

“In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

“If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey.  Only do not rebel against the Lord.  And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us.  Their protection is removed from them, and the the Lord is with us; do not fear them.”  Numbers 14:8-9

“When we walk outside, we really don’t care if we get arrested; we are not upset if we get arrested.  What is 50 years in prison compared to eternity with Jesus?”  “Sheep Among Wolves”, Frontier Alliance international (FAI)

“The local church is the hope of the world and there is no Plan B.”  Bill Hybels

New churches do the best job of reaching new people…new generations, new residents, new people groups.  New churches do the best job of reaching the “unchurched”.

“The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps – we must step up the stairs.”  Vance Havner