Text: Mark 1:16-20

1.  Icebreaker:

Remember back before you became a Christian. Who did God use to work in your life to draw you to Him?

2. What (did the text say):

1:16 says "As he went along…”  Taken in the larger context of missions in this passage, what does this imply about when we should witness to others?

1:18 and 1:20 both use the same word to describe how long it took for the recipients to follow Jesus. What's that word? What can we learn from this?

3. What Else (does the Bible say in relation to historical / literary context)

Read Matthew 4:18-22 and Luke 5:1-11.  How do these other passages add to your understanding of the text?  Look at the similarities and differences between the accounts of Matthew and Mark compared to the text of Luke.  Are these the same event or different events?

"'Follow Me'" in 1:17 is an adverb functioning as an Aorist imperative. The imperative is used to express a command or exhortation.  What does this imply about our call to follow Him?

“I will make you fishers of people” is a powerful statement, and also a word play on their vocation. Fishing in the Old Testament was often a metaphor for judgment (you can read Jer. 16:16. Ezek. 29:4-5; 38:4; Amos 4:2; Hab.1:14-17). How is this context changed in the New Testament?

4. Now What (should we do as a response to the text)  

The following are the five themes Dustin talked about: Care, Challenge, Commit, Cultivate, and Commission.  Which one do we do best as a family? As a community group? As a church?

Dustin mentioned the tool of the three circles. Have you ever used this to explain the gospel?   If so, what was your experience? If not, what's holding you back?

As a group, commit to each other to pray for boldness when sharing the gospel.


Do we know an international missionary?  How can we help them?

Why is it important to share Jesus with others?

What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?