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This is a lesson plan that can be used for youths and children (ages 10-14). This Bible study covers the verses in Luke about Jesus calling the first disciples to be fishers of men.

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, 10 and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. Luke 5:1-11

Make it Visual

Youth, preteens and teenagers learn today through visuals, especially in this generation. Giving them visuals will allow them to relate to what is being taught instead of them attempting to guess what is going on. The use of props could be very beneficial as well. In this case, props such as a large fishing net would give the youth a sense of what was happening.

Background and Context

Giving a background to the biblical story in which you are teaching will give your listeners greater insight to why the things that are happening in the Scriptures are happening. In this way, one who teaches this Bible study lesson will have to give the background into the occupation of being fishermen. This way, the youth will be knowledgeable of a few of the disciples’ way of life before they met Jesus, the Messiah.

Explanation of the Scriptures

Explain what the biblical text means and what it is saying (verse by verse). Give the meaning of keywords in the text and their Greek definitions. Always remember that you are never too old or young to learn what the Word of God truly means. Give them a sheet with the keywords in each scripture and what they mean. By doing this, the youth has a better understanding of the biblical text and what is being taught to them. They are being instructed rather than preached to.

Fishing for Jesus

Explain how fishing for Jesus can work in the life of the youth. What does it mean to fish for Jesus?  This is the part of the Bible study lesson where one would speak about evangelism. Make it seem as though it is a job (which it is), but a job where you will be rewarded by the Heavenly Father. Discuss the cost of fishing for Jesus, but also discuss the benefits of it as well as the role of the Holy Spirit that will help and guide the youth to do this remarkable job. Do not leave out how desperately the world needs fishermen for Jesus.

Application and Lifestyle

Teach the youth exactly how to fish for Jesus and exactly how to apply this Bible study lesson to their lives. Offer them to become fishers of men at the end of the lesson and pray over each one that accepts the call to bring the world to Jesus Christ. This is the part where one would speak about the great impact of evangelism and missions. Instruct them to read their Bible every day because they must grow in their understanding and knowledge of Christ so that they can learn more about themselves and become more efficient followers and fishermen. Teach them what it actually means to leave their nets (worldly treasures) behind.

Briyant Hines is from Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 5, he decided that he was going to become a Minister of the Gospel. He just received his AA in Religious Studies from Beulah Heights University. He has written for devotional magazines, Christian magazines, Christian blogs, as well as The Front Office News, FanSided, and Cleveland Sports Talk, DevoZine, Christian Media Magazine, and more. Connect with Briyant on Twitter.

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