Fishers of Men

CFL Winter

The Narrative of Jesus’ Life

The below account occurs soon after Jesus announced His teaching and preaching ministry.

Excerpt from the Gospel

Mark 1:16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. (ESV)

Sharing your Faith

  • What do you find interesting about the men Jesus called as disciples?
  • Fishermen used large nets for fishing in Jesus’ day. How does the image of casting a large net impact your understanding of verse 17?
  • Share about a time you “followed” Jesus by emulating Jesus.

Pray for One Another

Each person is invited to share a prayer request. Another participant will volunteer to offer the petition. Once everyone has chosen a prayer request, take turns offering the prayers aloud.

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This devotion is for the 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany, following the LCMS three-year lectionary. You can download a free copy of all the 2017-2018 Conversations about Faith & Life devotions on the Resources page.


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