21 Oct Sermon Snap Shot October 20, 2019
When we think about Simon – who will later be known as Simon Peter – it’s tempting to think about the role that he would eventually play as leader and first bishop of the church in Rome. But to understand Simon – who he was and how he was wired – we must remember that first and foremost he was a fisherman. This was his passion. This was his identity. And those of you who love to be out on the water…those of you who find solace in the middle of a big lake or ocean, you know better than the rest of us who Simon Peter was at his core.
Fisherman are a lot like farmers. But rather than living in close connection to the land, they live in close connection to the sea. And like farmers, there are certain attributes that almost all fisherman have to have in order to survive in their trade:
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And as is the case with farmers, it’s extremely rare to find a fisherman who it not also faith-filled. Why? Because farmers and fisherman understand, more than the rest of us, that there are so many things that impact their success that are totally out of their control. Weather. Disease. Reproductive patterns. And these uncontrollable challenges typically lead both farmers and fishermen to feel this deep reliance and appreciation for all of God’s many blessings.
And even though Simon would say to Jesus “Go away from me, I’m a sinner” as many old and crusty fishermen would also say, I have no doubt that Simon surely had a belief in God, a reverence for God even, that preceded his encounter on the lake that day with Jesus.
From Sunday, October 20 message based on Luke 5:1-11, “Simon Peter: The Hardworking Fisherman”
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC