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Luke 5:1-11 - Sunday Scripture Reflection

Updated: Feb 9


On this Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, we will continue reading from the Gospel according to Luke. The beginning of the fifth chapter of Luke's Gospel account continues to describe the many healings of Jesus, but our Scripture lesson also shares the story of the calling of the first disciples of Jesus. We will discuss the experiences of these first disciples and reflect on how God was working in their lives, and works in our lives, to give the strength, faith, and trust to step out into the unchartered parts of our lives and become witnesses to the Gospel's Good News!


Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to Luke. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (Luke 5:1-11).


For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • Read the assigned Scripture for the week. Reflect if there was any word or phrase that caught your attention as you were reading the story. Did you find anything surprising as Peter and his friends discovered the biggest catch of fish of their lives?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the author's focus on the verse, "they left everything and followed him." What do you imagine this statement says to the rest of us about how we should live our lives?

  • After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's opening statement: "The life-altering power of God's word...is dynamically evident in this story of call." What do believe the author means by "life-altering power of God's word" and how has God's word (Scripture) changed your life? Can you think of an example?

  • Read the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, and reflect and respond to the following questions: where might Jesus' invitation to "put out into the deep water" challenge us today to venture out into something new? In what ways might such "venturing" be needed in your life, and in the life of those who you know?

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's last sentence, which contains a challenge for our lives: how might we make the presence of Jesus real for others and ourselves in ways that are both true and genuinely compelling?


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