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Advent Devo 2023

Disciple | The Liveliest Catch

Series: Disciple

Speaker: Todd Madonna

September 24, 2023
Mark 1:17'>Mark 1:17

Todd Madonna

Discipleship + Multiplication Pastor

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  1. Doing Life

As a church family, we care about each other’s lives: what we’re celebrating, what we’re mourning, what decisions we are praying through, and everything in between 

(1 Thessalonians 2:8, Romans 12:10, 15). Suggested time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing? 
  • What can you thank God for this week?
  • When were you most aware of Jesus’ presence this week? When were you least aware of Jesus’ presence this week?
  • Do you have any practical needs?
  1. Jesus Centered

God uses His Word to reveal Himself to us, equip us to live the good life He’s designed for us, show us our sin, and strengthen us as we follow Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Colossians 1:9-12, and James 1:22-25). Suggested Time: 20-40 minutes 

Primary Scripture Passage:  Mark 1:17, Luke 5:1-11

  1.       Fishing for people is the fruit of following Christ and experiencing Christ in fellowship with His people.  Think back to a person in your life who prayed for you and pointed you to the truth about Jesus.  What do you think compelled them to do that?
  2.       Share an example of something you found yourself doing that you never thought you would ever do – but because of love and affection, you did it.
  3.       If we are going to affect the life of another we need to move to where people are.
    1. What “deep/deeper waters” might God be calling you to move toward?
    2. Who are the people God has brought into the surrounding waters of your life?
  4.       In 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 Paul writes: “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?
    1. Reflect upon a situation where pressure from the culture has allowed fear of being offensive to stand in the way of building relationships where you are willing and able to share your story and the truth about Jesus. 
  5.       Letting down the nets is when we lay down anything in our lives for the sake of Christ and others.  What is one way God is calling you to let down the nets, to lay down your life, for the sake of another…to know the love of Christ?
  6.       Reflecting on John 12:32, what happens when we are obedient to lay down our nets?


  1. Engaging the Heart

Jesus calls us to walk in the light, confessing our sins to God and each other. God’s Spirit works through confession and community to lead us to repentance. (Romans 3:23-24, James 5:16 and 1 John 1:5-10) Suggested Time: 10-20 minutes 

  • How are you doing abiding with Jesus this week in Scripture and prayer? 
  • What sin do you need to confess to God? What are you struggling to trust Jesus with this week? How can you give Him control of it? (As people confess sin, make sure to remind one another of the good news Jesus offers.
  1. Expanding the Kingdom

Just like God the Father sent Jesus on a mission of reconciliation for us, Jesus sends us out as ambassadors of His reconciliation. We are called to make disciples wherever we go. (John 20:21 and 2 Corinthians 5:18-20) Suggested time: 10-20 minutes

  • People: Who in your life can you be building with right now? What does that look like during this season? 
  • Plan: Are there any rhythms planned (virtual or in-person) that we can invite these friends into? What spiritual conversations do you want to initiate with them soon? 

Pray: Let’s pray for our people by name; pray for their needs, opportunities to connect, and opportunities to have spiritual conversations that help them take the next steps toward Jesus.

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