Fishing at Noon

Faith in God means that we step out and trust Him.

Pastor Linn
Jan 14, 2018    42m
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Discusses what it means have faith and to truly "follow" God, and to try things His way, even if they are things we've done our way a thousand times. Video recorded at Chandler, Arizona.

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Pastor Linn: 00:00 -video playing-

Pastor Linn: 00:53 Hey, Cornerstone. Happy New Year to you.

Pastor Linn: 00:57 Hey, uh, we're starting a brand new series today. Uh, that's called "Follow", which we really believe is just a remarkable way to kind of get focused and kick off this new year for all of us in the right direction. So I'm just going to ask you to consider, hey, would you be in the room every week? Would you be with us while we explore this idea that says, hey, what does it mean to move from being part of the crowd, from just being a spectator when it comes to this Jesus thing, and actually becoming a follower of Jesus Christ? And, and would you just explore, is that real and true about my life, for the next five weeks together? And to be part of this, and just to kind of let this in kind of sink a little more, if you've been around here any length of time at all, you know that we're always encouraging and saying, "Hey, the best way you can start your day is just to spend a couple minutes in the word of God." Letting God speak into your heart, speak into your life, before you go live your day. To just say, "Hey, God, you know, what do you need to tell me before I go do that?" And I know that's not always easy. So here's what we've done for this particular series, it'd be super cool if you opted in. We've put together video devotionals that every single morning you get up and boom, this little video that pops up in your email. You can watch it for two to four minutes. They're super, super short. I'm going to be doing the next couple of weeks together, and we're just going to take quick passage of scripture and then say, "Hey, what would that look like for that fleshed out in your day today?" Super easy, and here's how you can opt in to that. So we've gotten, if you just simply text, all I gotta do is on your cell phone, text "cs", and then there has to be a "space", daily to that number right there. We will instantly put you on the list. You'll start getting that every single morning for the next five weeks. If at any point you go, look, Pastor Linn is pretty good in the pulpit, but he really stinks at daily devotionals. If you get to that point, you can opt out at any point you don't, you'll just go back and say, "stop", and we'll stop sending them. But guys, we've built this to be a supplement. We built this to be a help and to let this series kind of sink in just a little deeper, while we do it together, and my encouragement is for all of to do this. This is probably the simplest way you're ever going to get devotions done, uh, in your life. So please, please, please "opt in". Alright, as we get ready to start, I just want to say "hi" to our congregations at San Tan and at Scottsdale, and just.. Hey man, I'm excited that you're going to be part of this "Follow" series with us, and please, please, please lean in for the next couple of weeks as we do this together.

Pastor Linn: 03:23 Alright, all of us probably in our lifetimes have had somebody that we attempted to follow. For me, it's my uncle Marty. I'm 10 years old. In the summertime, I go over, I spend the entire summer with my uncle Marty. He owns a lawn service, so we're out all day long, 110, 115, 120 degree temperatures, mowing lawns in Arizona. But, my uncle was a man's man. I mean, he was just a gnarly guy, and, and other men wanted to be like my uncle Marty, and not just a 10-year-old boy. And every dollar he earned, he earned honest, and he earned it by the sweat of his brow. He was an amazing hunter. He would take me out hunting, and I'm just telling you that his ability to find animals, his ability to shoot, I mean, just, just I know military guys who could not shoot like my uncle Marty could shoot, and I'm just telling you as a 10-year-old boy just thought, "Man, I want to be like that guy." So, I can remember moments when my uncle would be talking to another man, and he crossed his arms, and he leaned up against the car, and they kind of do that male thing where you talk shoulder-to-shoulder, because men don't look at each other when we talk, right? We talk shoulder-to-shoulder. And I'd be a 10-year-old, and I'd cross my arms, I'd leaned against the car next to him. I, I remember coming back from, from hunting, and all the guys were standing around, and I remember how my uncle held his rifle. And, I'd hold my rifle like that, because, because in my 10-year-old mind, I just think, "If I could be like uncle Marty, if I could be anything like him, I'd be so, so cool." I set my heart on following him, so I could be like him. And my guess is, every one of us in this room, you've had somebody who's had that same kind of influence in your life. Someone, it may have been a relative, it may have been somebody that you met, kind of, as you did life, and you just said, "Man, if I could be anything like him." Some of us in the room, it, it ends up being somebody who we don't know all that well, but we've just, we've seen them on tv, or something. Some of the guys here are going, "Man, if I could be Vin Diesel." That's why you shaved all your hair off, right? "I'm Vin Diesel." Right? Some of the girls, uh, in the, in the room, uh, you're going to be Shania Twain. It's just what you're going to do, because if you could just be like them, that would just be so cool. Right?

Pastor Linn: 05:24 So we're going to come to the conversation that basically says, do we feel that way about Jesus? Are, are, are we, are you ready for this? Are we actually followers of Jesus who say, "Man, if I could just grow up to be like Him. If I could, if I could, if I could go with Him and just catch on to how He does things and holding my gun the way He holds his gun.. If I could just do that." Are we following Jesus, or have we invited Jesus to follow us? Let me say that again. That's a big deal. Have you and I come to a reconciling point in their lives where we go, "I get it. I get it. This is about me following Jesus. That's what this is." Or have we instead said, "Hey God, here's my life. This is what I'm doing. If you could just come with me." Have we invited Jesus to follow us? And today, we're going to just dive into this conversation. We're going to unpack it for the next five weeks, but today we're going to start with a guy whose life is going good. Okay? He's not, he's not considering Jesus because everything's falling apart. He's not, he's not interested because, "Hey, I've really messed it up, and now I need someone to bail me." The reality of this guy's... it's going good. His life is all right. It's up and to the right, and I'm okay, and things are working out. And he happens to be sitting on the sidelines one day. He's, he's in proximity. When Jesus is having a sermon, or a conversation, with some people and he overhears. He kind of eavesdrops the moment, and his life is forever changed when Jesus asked him to go fishing, and he comes back off that boat, a completely different guy. He comes off that boat, you ready? A follower of Jesus Christ. And you and I, today, are going to go fishing together and find out what God would say to our hearts, as we unpack his story.

Pastor Linn: 07:14 So grab your bibles. Here we go. It's Luke, Chapter 5. It's the story of, some of you've already guessed, of a guy by the name of Peter, uh, but what you got to get in this moment, Peter is not a Christian. He is not a follower of Jesus Christ. Matter of fact, he's not even sure who this Jesus says, this is his first encounter, uh, with him, and Peter simply overhears a sermon. He has been out fishing all night long, he has got a fairly lucrative business venture that he's in, he's making ends meet, he's feeding his family. Things are going okay, and now after that long night of fishing, although on this particular night he didn't catch anything, he's having to clean his nets. You know, he's having to take all the seaweed stuff out of it and all the Budweiser bottles, and he's having to clean his nets. And, and in that moment, it just so happens, this itinerant preacher by the name of Jesus happens to hold a service next to his boat. And so Peter, he didn't show up to... He's doing life. And as he's cleaning his nets, he happens to overhear the conversation that Jesus is having with these people, and something begins to resonate in his heart. And before the day is done, he becomes a follower. Not a spectator, not a participant in the crowd, a follower of this Jesus. So here we go. It's Luke, Chapter 5. If you're not familiar, go to the back of your Bible, work to the left. You're going to find this book of Luke.

Pastor Linn: 08:50 Luke, Chapter 5. We're going to begin in Verse 1. Here's what it says, "One day, as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. Now here's what you need to know, this is the same body of water that in the Bible, sometimes, is called the Sea of Galilee. If you're a Jew, you call it the Sea of Galilee. If you're a Roman, you call it the Lake of Gennesaret. Okay, so one day, as Jesus is standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. No one's convinced, no one believes yet. They're simply taking in information and processing, "What do we think about these things that this Jesus is teaching?" Now guys, here's why this is important, because Jesus always invites you and me to explore. It's absolutely okay to ask questions. It's okay to challenge and say, "Hey, wait a minute, I don't get that, and I'm not sure that works, and why would that be true?" It's absolutely okay to be skeptical on the front coming in. It just is. Matter of fact, think about this, the whole reason that Jesus comes to earth is so that he can explain God more fully to us, so that he can model for us, and we can see that's how God behaves, and you just need to know that Jesus has never been intimidated by your questions. If you're trying to... it's okay. Ask. Matter of fact, here's what I would say. If you get involved in a group of people, I don't, I don't care if they're a cult. I don't care if they're even actually Christians, and they say to you, "No, no, no, no, no, here's what you gotta do. You gotta take your head off. You've got to stop thinking for yourself, and you need to take a blind leap of faith into this Jesus thing." If anybody tells you that run away run away, run away. That is a mess, and Jesus never asked anybody to do that. Jesus was always willing to have the conversation.

Pastor Linn: 10:46 And guys, think about this, if what you and I believe about Jesus is true, then questions only help people get closer to the truth, right? So if you and I are absolutely confident in our faith and go, "Look, this Jesus thing is real." Then ask, because as we work through your struggles, as we worked through your criticisms, as you wrestle this thing through, on every turn you'll find something that's substantial, something that makes at least reasonable sense. So ask. And on this day, Jesus is teaching. Now some of you go, "Well, Linn, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, that's really great for you to say." But, here's the deal. I've seen Christians, I've seen Christians who just over and over and over and over again just seem to take blind leaps of faith following Jesus. I just, that's just what they do. Matter of fact, some of you would say, "I've seen Christians at Cornerstone who seemed to be able to make, like, radically huge decisions in their life." And when you ask them, and you say, 'Hey, wait a minute, how did you do that? I mean, how did you, how did you get to a place where you were willing to risk so much and leap so far in without apparently thinking about it?" And here's what you need to know. That's not where they started. See, the reality is this, every single Christian started as skepticism. Every single Christian started at, "I'm not sure I can swallow this." It is exactly the place that Peter is at on this particular day. He is simply listening to what Jesus is saying, from a distance, going, "Hmm." And every, every single person you know who's ever decided to follow Jesus started at that spot. They were looking to going, "Son of God? Son of God? Bible-inspired? Bible true?" And everyone, everyone started with those questions, struggling with those issues, trying to figure that out. And as they began to move forward, as they begin to take steps in the discussion, getting to a place where it was reasonably true, and then they said, "Okay, I'm gonna, I'm gonna, put my toe in and try that." And went, "Wow." And then they had another question, and they said, "Well, w-w-what, what about that?" And as they finally, after exploring and studying, said, "Okay." And they went, "Man, that, that, that turned out to be right."

Pastor Linn: 13:23 Let me see if I can explain it. You and I've done this with mechanics, right? Because does anybody trust the mechanic on day one? Let's just be honest. I mean, here's the deal, I go to a mechanic and I'm going, "Okay, they know things I don't know, and they could use that against me, right?" So if you take me to a new mechanic, I'm going, "So that's broken?" "Yeah, that's broken." "How much is it going to cost? When you get done, will you show me the broken parts?" Right? I mean that's what you do, right? Because you're going, "I'm just not sure I can swallow all that." But imagine this. Imagine you go to the mechanic, and you say, "Hey, you know, that's what's broken that's broken." Now, you go to pick up your car, and the bill is actually less than you thought, and it's running perfectly now that you get it back. And suddenly you go, "Oh, wow, pretty good mechanic." Now you go back to the mechanic and you say, "Hey, I've got this problem. I think it's my transmission. I got this kind of slipping thing going on. I think it's my transmission. Would you take a look at it?" And now the mechanic calls you back up, says, "Hey, I took a look. It's not your transmission. You actually just got a modulator that's out. It's about 90 bucks." And you go, "Wow, that's great news. Thank you very much." You hang up your phone and then go, "Oh, he could have told me, she could have told me, that it really was my transmission. They could have charged me thousands of dollars, fixed just the modulator, and I wouldn't have known any better. They could've given me broken parts from someone else's transmission. I would've never known. Apparently, this person's pretty honest."

Pastor Linn: 14:58 Now, you take your car in and they say, "Hey, here's actually two things going on in your car, but here's the deal they made. It may last you another year, or so. Let's not replace them yet, because it still have some life." And you go, "He could've easily said, 'Hey, that's worn out. It's going to fail any in between.' Wow." Which is what gets you to the point eventually with that mechanic, when the mechanic does come and say, "Hey, I've got bad news today. It really is the transmission, and it's going to cost you several thousand dollars." But if you've done this with the mechanic, when he comes with that hard-to-swallow answer, you go, "Okay, I get it." And you moved to here really easily, because of his faithfulness and consistency and honesty, in the past. When you see Christians running full steam, following Jesus, it's not because they're irrational idiots who have taken their heads off and are taking blind leaps of faith. It's because every time they've had a conversation with Jesus, "I don't understand. I'm not sure how that works. If I break up my boyfriend, how does that turn out good?" They've done that. And every time, Jesus has shown himself to be faithful, so that when Jesus comes to the hard part, and the doctor says, "Cancer." And they go, "Okay. I know that my God is here. I know that he's faithful. Okay." This is not a faith of intellectual suicide. This is a faith of coming to trust and know that Jesus is worth following, because he's been faithful every time I've challenged. Every time I questioned. Every time I asked. It began with a sermon. It began with Jesus explaining "here's how life works". Back to the passage.

Pastor Linn: 16:56 He, Jesus, saw at the water's edge, two boats left there by fishermen, who were washing their nets. Peter being one of those guys. He got up into the boat that belonged to one of them, Simon, who's later going to be known as Peter. Jesus is going to change his name. Okay? Simon. And asked him to put out a little from the shore, and then he sat down and he talked to people from the boat. And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Let's put out to deep water, and let down the nets for a catch." Isn't that an interesting way to end a sermon? "Hey, Simon, you've been listening. Let's go fish." Simon answered, "Master." Now before you get all, you know, "Master? Wow, how did Simon come to such great faith so quick." Master is not a term of deep respect. That's not... see you and I, in a Western culture, we go, "I wouldn't call anybody Master. I mean there's this..." You know, and he's already there. No, no, no, no, no. In, in Eastern culture, him calling Jesus Master would be the same thing if, like, 20 years ago you met somebody and you would say "sir" or "ma'am" to them. If it were today, because we're so casual, it'd be "hey, dude". Okay? So that's, that's all it is. There is no deep respect in this term. It's what you would use in fairly casual conversation to somebody. "Hey, hey, dude, sir." Okay? Simon answered, "Hey, sir, uh, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything, but because you say so, I will let down the nets." And when they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that the nets began to break. Now, guys, don't miss this moment, because Jesus says to Peter, "Hey, let's go fishing." And there's two inherent problems in Jesus's request.

Pastor Linn: 18:57 Number one, it's stupid. Don't sit there and go, "What did you say in Jesus request?" You've thought that yourself, "Are you kidding me, tithe? That's stupid. Are you kidding me? Only date Christians? That's dumb. Are you kidding me? Come and serve at church? I don't have time. That's a crazy, dumb, unthoughtful request." You've thought the same thing. And when Jesus comes to Peter and says, "Hey, let's go fishing in the middle of the day." It's a stupid request, because here's why. Everybody, everybody, everybody knows you don't fish in the day, on the Sea of Galilee. Here's during the day the sun hits the water, warms the water. The fish, in order to be comfortable, go down deep where the water's cooler. There are no fish at the surface, and their nets are all shallow water nets, so you fish at night. You wait until the surface water cools off. The fish come up to the top to feed, and that's when you catch them. If Peter does this, think about this, if Peter does this, he is going to look like an idiot. Because you gotta understand, Peter's boat is not the only boat sitting there. See, every other fishermen on the Sea of Galilee has parked their boat somewhere in proximity. Just so happens, Jesus taught in front of his, but there's other fishermen there. They see Peter going back out after a night and not catching fish, they're going to go, "He's desperate. He's, he's, he is so off his rock. He's, he's doing things that cannot possibly work." They're going to be chuckling while he's out on the water.

Pastor Linn: 20:40 Second Problem. What Jesus is asking him to do involves a huge inconvenience, might even be, ready? Might even be sacrificial. Here's why. As Peter's been there, he's already fished all night. He's already put in his eight hours. Now he's on the shore, and he's been doing the tedious task of cleaning his nets. Literally, picking through, picking through, taking all of the little things that have gotten caught in it, and taking them out. He's well on his way to being done, and now Jesus says, "Let's go fish again." Which means his nets are going to have to be cleaned all over again. And I'm just telling you what Jesus just asked Peter to do, does not feel like a small thing. Matter of fact, you got to wonder in a, in a moment like this, what's Peter thinking? Here's my guess. Peter in that moment is thinking to himself, "Obviously this guy is a carpenter. He has never fished a day in his life." And before you go "oh" and get all smug, you've thought the same thing in church. You've heard us do a sermon, you've heard us talk about a topic, and when that topic got a little uncomfortable you, here's what you said, "Linn is obviously a preacher, hadn't lived in the real world a day in his life." Jesus invites Peter to a moment that isn't going to make a 100% sense. You see? Here's the deal. This cone is never going to make 100% sense. It's going to make 80%. You're going to get to a moment where you go, "I think. I think I'm there, and then there's a reasonableness to it. It's not just crazy blind, but I, I don't have 100 percent assurance that this works." And, you ready for this? "This is going to look like sacrifice. If I break up with him, if I trust God with my finances, if I go all in on my marriage, see look, Linn, here's what you don't understand, I'm already doing a 100%. My spouse is doing, like, 20%. And if I go above and beyond, I mean if I go more, what happens if my spouse takes away the 20% they're doing? What if they take advantage of the way..." And I'm just telling you, this is going to look like sacrifice. It's going to be horribly inconvenient when Jesus asks you and me to go fishing in the middle of the day. Can I tell you that this is where the vast, vast, vast, vast, vast majority of Christians get stuck. This is why the vast majority of Christians never follow Jesus, because they're waiting for Jesus to invite them to follow, that doesn't involve sacrifice. And I'm just gonna tell you, if you wait for Jesus to invite you to follow and it doesn't include a moment of sacrifice, a moment of going, "God, I don't fully understand and I'm telling you, the downside of this looks really big in my life." You will never follow Jesus. You'll always be a spectator. You will remain forever in the crowd, observing others as they follow Jesus. You'll spend your life a casual Christian.

Pastor Linn: 24:12 There's an interesting phrase in this passage that we just read the changes, everything. Peter, Peter in his struggle, Peter in his, "Man, I've been listening to your sermon, and there's a ton of it that makes sense, and now you're asking me to do something that I can't quite figure it out." And Peter's answer becomes this. You Ready? He says to Jesus, "Because you said so." It's as if Peter is saying, "Look, I'm just telling you, I'm just telling you right now, if anybody else asks me this, I wouldn't do it. There's too much at stake. There's too much to lose. I don't have this level of confidence in anybody else, but there's something about you, and there's something about what you've said. And I'm only at 80%, but I'm, I'm, I'm willing to push through that last 20. Let's see what fishing looks like." Get this, get this. Here's what Jesus is doing in that moment, and it's critical, because it's what Jesus is going to ask you to do in this moment of "Follow". He's asking Peter to do something that Peter has done a thousand times before. Peter is a fisherman, and Jesus is inviting him to fish. He's asking Peter to do something he has done a thousand times before. He's simply saying, "Peter, would you do it a different way? And my way, I get it, it's daytime. It doesn't make sense. Peter, I'm asking you to do something you've done a thousand times before. I'm just asking you to do it my way." And guys, I'm just telling you, this is exactly what the "follow" moment looks like. Jesus is going to come to us and He's going to say, "No, no, no, no, no, no. I know your marriage is pretty good. I know you've been married for 30, 40... I get it. I get it. I get it. I'm going to ask you to do what you've done a thousand times before. I'm just going to ask you this time to do it my way, because you are going to be stunned at what happens when you do what you've done a thousand times before, the way I asked you to do it." See, this is coming to someone whose finances are OK. You're going, "No, no, I... see I've managed this part of my life really, really, really well, and I'm all right, but I've done this without you, Jesus." and Jesus is going to go, "Hey, I'm going to ask you to do something you've done a thousand times before. I'm going to ask you this time to do it my way." See, this is your calendar. And you just say, "Jesus, look, I, I'm, I'm busy. I'm doing a ton of things. I think I'm doing a ton of things pretty well. I'm a pretty good parent. I'm being, you know, a pretty good citizen. I, I'm, I'm being a pretty good spouse. I, but I'm telling you, it's everything I can do to be that." And Jesus is going to intercept your calendar and say, "Okay, well here's the deal. I'm going to ask you to do what you've done a thousand times before. I'm gonna ask you to manage your calendar, but this time I'm going to ask you to do it my way, and it's going to look sacrificial. It's gonna look intimidating. It's going to look scary. You're going to work it around in your mind. You're only gonna get about 80% there to reasonableness, and somewhere, you're going to have to step through."

Pastor Linn: 27:27 I'm in Hawaii awhile back. Lisa and I are on vacation. Now, here's what you need to know about Lisa and I. We have absolutely antithetical views of what vacation ought to be. In my view, vacation ought to be reading a good book. Okay? So put me on the beach, looking out at the water. I don't want to get in the water. I wanna look at the water, and I want to read a book. Lisa's idea of vacation is parachuting. That's just what... could not be further apart. So, we were in Hawaii. I think she let me read my book for the first 20 minutes and then announced, "We're going zip-lining." How many you know what zip-lining is? Zip-lining is this horribly stupid event that people go on, because here's the deal, think about this for a second, okay? Because there's nothing about this that makes sense, or is logical. I, for no good reason, am going to attach myself to a little pulley system on a cable that is far too small, and now I am going to ride this cable across canyons, canyons. And if that cable fails, there is nothing at the bottom but rocks. This is not a good decision. This is worse than fishing in the middle of the day. Okay? It's just, there's nothing good. So you get there and I'm saying to the guy, "Okay, when's the last time you had a failure on this thing? How long has that been? Because I gotta decide is that too recent, or has it been so long that you're due?" Right? I gotta process this. I'm looking at the cable, and I'm going, "You couldn't have put a healthier cable up there? You know, that thing is a, you know, quarter inch sort of, there." And he's smiling, and he's going, "Linn, that thing could lift a small tank." And I'm going, "Yeah, but have you seen me? I mean, I could be stressing limits here on the deal." Right? "When's the last time you had a guy my size go on the cable?" And the guy goes, "Hey, look, I'll go first. You can watch me." Okay. You get it, right? It's a conversation that no matter how much we talk, I'm only going to get to 80%. There is not going to be any moment in which you can say something, demonstrate something, that I go, "Okay, I'm 100% confident that it works when I do it." And so, there comes a moment when I've got to say, "Alright, because you're telling me this works, because you've already been where I haven't gone." Right? Which is exactly that moment with Jesus. It's that moment when he was going to say, "Hey, let's, let's just do something in your life that you've done a thousand times before, but I'm going to ask you to do it different. And I'm just telling you, the different way I'm going to ask you to do it, it's not going to make sense, and I'm only going to get you about 80% there logically, and then there is, there is a faith component to this thing, and I don't care. I don't care if you do this by the skin of your teeth. I don't care if you tippy toe into it, but somewhere, you going to have to get off the platform. We're going to do this ride together."

Pastor Linn: 30:44 Somewhere, ready? Somewhere you're going to have to say to Jesus, "I wouldn't do this for anybody else, but because you said so, I'm going to give it a try, with my finances, with my dating life, with my marriage, with raising my children, with my habits. I'm going to give it a try. Doing what I've done a thousand times, but this time doing it your way, fishing in the afternoon." You get that Simon, Peter, has no idea what's on the other side of this conversation, that Jesus is going to take a fisherman and turn him into a world changer, because he chooses to follow. Here's why that's a big deal, because look, you realize Peter goes on to have a re.... You and I are still talking about Peter's life. Can you imagine if in that moment Peter had said to Jesus, "Look, here's the deal, I'm kind of busy right now. If you would look me up in six months when my schedule gets better. Hey, Jesus, look, look, look, uh, I kinda got some commitments. I didn't catch anything last night. So, I gotta go home and work on my net repair business, you know, so when, when things settle down, when I have more time in my schedule, we can talk about fishing in the afternoon." And the reason this is a big deal is because you and I have said exactly the same thing. "Jesus, look, look, I don't have time to go to small group right now. Hey, Jesus, wait, wait, wait, I don't have time to serve right now. Hey, Jesus, whoa, whoa, wait, wait, wait, my finances are too tight. If we could do this when I got margin." Peter had no idea what was on the other side of this conversation. That a fisherman is going to become a world changer, and you have no idea what God's gonna do with your marriage, if you would give your marriage to God. You have no idea what he would do with your finances, if you would follow him, and do what you've already done a thousand times, but this time do it His way. You have no idea what's at stake and what God would do with you, if you did what you've already done a thousand times, but this time did it his way.

Pastor Linn: 33:15 Back to the passage, starting in Verse 6. Jesus says to him, "Let's go fishing." And they get out in their boats, and they let their nets down. Verse 6 says, "When they had, next word,".... Man, it's so good to see you guys are tracking right with me. That's encouraging to your pastor. Here's the deal, everybody at San Tan went, "Done so." Everybody at chandler went, "He's trying to trick us. He's going to sneak something in." I'm not trying to trick you. All right, here we go back. We're going to try again, "When they had done so.. " Not thought about it, not sat around for six months considering it, not saying, "Hey, I'm not going to move until I configure it a hundred percent out. When they had done so, when they put action to the part of their lives, the area where Jesus said, "Hey, come do something with me. You've done a thousand times, but you haven't done it my way, yet. Come do it." And when they did that, the story turns on its head. And when they had done so, they caught such a great large number of fish and their nets began to break, and so they signaled their partners in the other boat to come to help them. They came and they filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon, Peter, saw this, he fell to his knees and said to Jesus, "Go away from me, Lord." Notice the term changes. Jesus isn't "dude", anymore. He's not "sir", anymore. He's God, Lord. 'Lord, I'm a sinful man. See, Jesus, you don't know what I did last night when everybody else in my family went to bed, and you don't know what I surfed on the Internet. Jesus, you don't know how many corners I cut on that business deal. Jesus, you don't, you don't know what my language is like when the preacher is not in the boat. God, you need to walk away, cause I'm a sinful man." For he, and all his companions, were astonished at the catch of fish that they had taken, and so we're James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who eventually become the disciples of Jesus also, and Simon's partners. And then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid. From now on, you will fish for people. So they pulled their boats up on the shore, they left everything and they.." Next word, "follow him." So get the moment. Jesus takes them to do something they've done a thousand times before this time. He says, "Hey, you're going to do it my way." And suddenly, they have completely different results than they've ever experienced before. And in that moment Peter says, "Oh, I've got a feeling this whole thing we just did wasn't about fishing." See, here's what you and I would've done, if you and I had been Peter, we would've said, "Hey, Jesus, look, look, look, could you teach me that fish whispering thing you just did. That, that would be so helpful for my business." Right? "Wow. You know, I'm going to be a Christian because if you can help me be successful..." Right? That's exactly what we would've done. Peter instead goes, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa." And for the first time, he sees Jesus for exactly who... He goes, "God." And then he says, "You don't need to be hanging out with me, because I'm a sinner." And for the first time, Peter sees life clearly. "He's God, I'm not."

Pastor Linn: 36:57 So here's why this is big for "follow", guys, you ready? Because so far, right now, you and I have been lords of our own lives. See, we thought we were God. We thought it was our plan. We were inviting Jesus to come with us. We were gonna do our finances our way. We were going to do our family our way. And Jesus' invitation is to do what you've done a thousand times this time, do it my way. And when you do that, when those boats are sinking, when God's doing something in your life that you could not have ever imagined, all of a sudden going to go, "Wow, he's Lord. I'm not." And this whole following thing is going to make a ton of sense when your boats are sinking.

Pastor Linn: 37:40 Here's what we're going to do for the next couple of weeks. We're going to keep unpacking this conversation about "following". So here's a couple things I want to invite you to do on the journey with me today. So when you came in, we gave everybody a bracelet, okay? Did you get a bracelet? How many people do not have a bracelet? If you don't have a bracelet, raise your hand. Oh, okay. So start throwing bracelets at people. Just throw them. Okay, you're going to want a bracelet. So they're going to come, and they're going to help you out with... See, you guys thought we were going to make you pay for it. You're like, "No, I don't, I don't need a bracelet. No." We're giving you a bracelet, costs us millions of dollars, but we're going to give you a bracelet. So here's, here's why we want you to wear the bracelet for the next five weeks, while we're having this conversation, because the pivotal moment in the conversation with Peter was when Peter said to Jesus, "Look, I don't know that I fully understand. I can't, I can't logically get to 100%, but because you say so, I'm going to go fishing in the middle of the day." And I guarantee you there's going to be a conversation. Jesus is going to say, "Hey, that relationship you're in? I need you to break up." He's going to say, "In that marriage? I need you to do a 120%." He's going to say to your finances, "Hey, I need you to trust me for the first time with the tithe." He's going to say to your schedule, "Hey, uh, you're going to start making time to do a girl group. You're going to go to a small church. You're going to..." I don't know what that is. I don't know what that "fishing in the middle of the day" moment is. And when that moment comes, you're going to be wrestling and struggling, and you've got to get to the same answer Peter got to. You ready? And it says it on the bracelet, "Because you said so." And we've given this to you so that when that moment comes somewhere in the next, you're going to go, "Oh, I know exactly what I'm supposed to say, 'Because you said so'. I'm gonna get on the zip line. I'm going to take that step." Here's the other thing you need to be aware of, because we're just going to process this together, in five weeks, four weeks from now, we're going to have a what I call a "holy moment", and we're going to simply ask everybody who calls Cornerstone home this question, "What is one place of following, one place of deciding to do what you've done a thousand times, but now to start doing it Jesus way, that if you did it in 2018, you would be a substantially better follower of Jesus Christ for having made that decision in your life." And we're going to ask everybody and say, "Look, don't go for low hanging fruit. Don't, don't do something that's easy. Pick something that's going to be inconvenient and fairly uncomfortable. Pick something that others may laugh at, that may mean you have to go wash your nets again, but if you did that, you'd be substantially further as a follower of Jesus Christ in 2018." And, on that final Sunday, we're just going to ask everyone to write it down and say, "Here, here's my 'follow'. I'm going to move one step better in my following," And so, we want you to be praying about what would Jesus ask that to be? So, let's bow our heads. Here we go.

Pastor Linn: 40:59 Hey, Dear Lord Jesus, some of us started today at the very first cone saying, "I'm not sure. I don't understand." We were an awful lot like Peter. We're just been cleaning our nets and happened to hear a preacher speaking in proximity. And as we've been listening, it just seems like there's something different, and so we're just going to decide to lean in and figure this thing out. What does it mean to follow? God, there are Christians in this room, and we got to that 'will you go fishing with me in the afternoon moment?' We got to that moment when you poked into a part of our lives that we've done a thousand times before our own way, and you said, "Will you try it this time my way?" And it looked incredibly inconvenient, and, and, and it, it looked like something that we couldn't quite figure out how it would work, and we stopped following. And God, we're asking for a Mulligan. We're asking for a second opportunity to go fishing with you in the middle of the day. And God, I'm praying for Christians, that they would become so confident in you, that they would run to the next request. They would run to the next opportunity to follow you. And this I pray, in Jesus' name, Amen.



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