A. There is a time for a Message – vs. 1, 3 to hear the word of God; and taught the people
I don’t know a preacher that places more emphasis on the preaching and teaching of God’s word more than me.
I believe very strongly in a systematic and thorough approach to the Word of God.
There is a need for more Bible preaching and teaching.
B. There is a time for a Maintaining – vs. 2 and they were washing their nets
These fishermen were spending time washing and maintaining what they had.
These fishermen were doing something that has to be done and is very needful.
Maintenance is boring and it is mundane, but it is necessary.
But washing your nets won’t pay the bills. It won’t put food on the table.
Washing your nets and taking care of what you have has its time and place
C. There is a time for a Moving – vs. 4 Now when he had left speaking…
But there comes a time to stop talking and start moving!
There comes a time to stop maintaining and start moving forward!
If all we do is sit around listening to preaching and sit around maintaining, we won’t do much for God!
I. The Command to Launch Out
A. It involves a Departure – you have to leave the comfort and security of the shore
Before you will ever be able to do anything for God, you will have to leave some things behind.
Security, comfort, familiarity, and take a risk.
QUOTE: God didn’t promise to make me COMFORTABLE, but He did promise to make me COMFORMABLE!
That involves God taking us out of our familiar territory and going somewhere we’ve never gone before.
- God moved Noah out of his hometown.
- God moved Abram out of his hometown.
- God moved Moses out of his hometown.
- God moved Samuel away from his parents.
B. It involves a Depth – you will not be able to catch any fish until you get to deep water
The shallow water is fun to play in.
The shallow water is fun to sit in and rest in.
The shallow water is fun to look for seashells and trinkets.
But if we are going to evangelize the world, if we are going to reach the masses, if we are going to obey God, we have to head for deep water!!
- Shallow water is fun; deep water is fearful.
- Shallow water is delightful; deep water is dangerous.
- Shallow water is comfortable; deep water is challenging.
- Shallow water is a place for walking; deep water is a place for working.
God is calling us to Launch Out into the deep!
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. ―Helen Keller
“If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”― T.S. Eliot
C. It involves a Draught – a harvest; a great reaping
It’s common knowledge; you don’t reap a harvest without work.
You don’t reap a harvest without some initial investment and expense.
You don’t reap a harvest sitting around on the dock talking about it!
- John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
- John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Question: Have you done greater works than these? If not, what are you waiting on?
QUOTE: “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is.” ― Will Rogers
II. The Conditions to Launch Out
A. At the Prompting of the Master – vs. 5
It is imperative that any launching out be done in accordance with the precious Word of God.
God’s not interested in you “trying something new” or “breaking new barriers”.
He’s only interested in your complete obedience to His word.
If God tells you to do it, to not do it is complete disobedience.
B. At the Promise of the Master – for a draught
Quote: Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God. – William Carey
God has promised us a great reward for our faith and obedience.
God is not asking us to launch out so he can make an example of us.
He is not asking us to launch out so he can reprimand us for trying to do the impossible.
God has promised a great reward for the church that will leave their comfort zone and attempt great things for God!
III. The Compliance to Launch Out
A. Putting aside past failures – Master, we have toiled all night, and have taken nothing…
Many people allow their past failures keep them from launching out at all – much less into the deep.
Humanly speaking, it made no sense.
Their abilities had already been tested and they had failed.
They had experience, they had equipment and yet they failed.
Now, they are being asked to try again.
B. Putting in what you have to work with – I will let down the net
Though Peter obeyed, it was a half-hearted obedience.
God told him to let down his nets (plural), and he let down his net (singular).
But what interests me is the fact that God didn’t give him anything different to work with.
He was expected to use what he’d already been using, but what hadn’t worked.
He didn’t ask for new nets; or new boats; or new anything.
He used what he had, and God blessed it.
C. Putting faith in the Word of God – nevertheless at thy word, I will
Interesting isn’t it, that this Launch Out in literal sense was a prerequisite to a Launching Out in another sense.
Moving then out into deeper water was what prompted them to leave the fishing business and go into the soul winning business!