HS WEEK #8: What Are You Known For?

Youth pastor Dave Williams speaks on Mark 1:16-20. Dave spoke on the transformation of identity that the gospel causes, taking fishermen and making them fishers of men.

  • Mark 1: 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.

What your known for

  • “They were fishermen.”
  • See prior to God calling them into ministry they were identified as fishermen. This created a context on how they were going to interact with the world.
  • Geographically first they would have never ventured far past Galilee. They would have made the occasional trip to Jerusalem for the religious festivals. But Rome, Ephesus, even the far reaches of Russia were not places being a fisherman takes you—The Gospel does though.
  • Conversationally: There conversations would have been about their business, the gossip around the town, Galilean politics, their world view would have been small, even their accent would have indicated that they were Galileans. But the Gospel changed their conversations.
  • Academically: These are Fishermen, they didn’t spend time in the religious Schools, nor schools in general. They were unlearned men. Yet, the Gospel changed that. When Peter gave his first sermon in Acts the response from the crowd was: “Aren’t these Galileans.” They were not expected to know what they know and articulate who God is. The Gospel changed that.
  • As one pastor put it “I have had people in my church who haven’t read a book since high school get saved and in the course of a year read all 66 books of the Bible.”
  • The Gospel changed their identity. They were no longer fishermen but Theologians, philosophers, sociologists, and Strategists. They were fishers of men.

What are you known for

  • Point #1 What are you known for? 
  • See when you allow God to take who you are and use it for his glory you would be amazed what could happen. Where God can take you. Who you get to minister to.
  • This process takes time and you know that you are on your way from being a fishermen to a fisher-of-men by how you are thinking about life.
  • 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”
  • See the first thing we see here is the phrase “Follow me.”
  • That phrase was used as a command not a suggestion. It would be like being in the military and receiving an order. It is not up to debate or input. You just do.
  • Jesus said, “Follow me.” I have called you. Why, because I want you. He chose us.
  • So if you are a follower of Jesus Christ just know you are because He ordered you to. We had to be obedient. So the next phrase indicates what will happen because we follow him: I will make you become fishers of men.
  • God is going to transition us from fishermen to fishers-of-men.
  • Our response is to focus more on him. To make him the main subject of our lives and the object of our affection.
  • Talk about him more. Talk to him more. Study him more. Let him study you more. It is what these disciples did. They shared the road with him. Went through city to city together. Dined together, lived together, laughed and cried together.


  • 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him
  • It didn’t take long for the disciples to respond. Why, because God is in complete control.
  • But their posture to the order is what is also worthy of note: They followed him.
  • That word “followed” means to come into line with. They aligned themselves to the Lord.
  • Point #2 Submit to him.
  • Guys, we have looked how Christ, Yaweh Saves, came down and completely submitted to the Father, the Spirt, and to Creation so that we could be saved. And the response to that is God asks that we do the same.
  • Submit to him. Give him the rule over your life. Tell him tonight. Remind yourself tomorrow. Go to him with the decisions.
  • Now, we aren’t Christ so we wont be perfect at it but we need to try. Because it is in that imperfection when God is seen and people can’t help but see that it is clearly not you.
  • “Aren’t these just Galileans?”

Give up the job

  • 9 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.
  • These two didn’t just give up a job but a profession. A business. It was the family business. Sound familiar? John the baptist gave up the title of priest.
  • Yet the same gifts that it took to running a fishing business were only going to be expanded through the Gospel.
  • They sought not just to care for their servants but the whole world. God used them to build the church.
  • Point #3 Surrender your gifts
  • Guys, I have a friend that has an unbelievable gift. He is a musician who had opportunities to use that gift to produce an income, create a name for himself, and have a great sense of accomplishment. But instead, he invited God into the conversation. What would it look like to use my gifts for your glory?
  • It didn’t take long for him to see a better use for it. It is here, Wednesday nights, serving you. God has used him to reach our mid schoolers 3 years in a row at JH Ranch, he has been on our band for two camp agape’s, he plays every Tuesday, Thursdays, Sundays, and whenever else he can use his gift to glorify God.
  • It’s Matt Gley. See when he submitted to Christ the Gospel was able to take his gift Gospel-wide.
  • I could say that about all your leaders here tonight. I could speak about Garret and not only about the sacrifices he makes to serve you and me but how he truly has led the charge on Bible 316 and now it is going to be a blessing to our entire church.
  • He surrendered who he is to the Gospel.
  • So where is the Gospel taking you?

My stuff

  • You know before I came to Eugene, I was not Gospel-focused. I was me-focused.
  • But God got a hold of me in a huge way, cancer will do that to you. And he did, he took my gifts and abilities and ran them through the filter of the Gospel. So today they can bring him glory on not me.
  • Paul said this to the Corinthian church. “As a result of your ministry they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers, will prove that you are obedient to the good news of Christ.”
  • That is how we know we are following him.
  • They glorify God as a result of what you are doing.
  • My prayer often is that God would use all of me to further his kingdom. I want to go to heaven with nothing left to give. Because he has given me so much.
  • The Gospel has taken me to so many places, some of those places are deserts like Jesus went to. Some of those places are places of refreshment, but ultimately the Gospel takes us to Jesus. To the cross, to Heaven to spend eternity with him.
  • Listen to the words of this Hymn:

There is coming a day,

When no heart aches shall come,

No more clouds in the sky,

No more tears to dim the eye,

All is peace forever more,

On that happy golden shore,

What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

Follow him, submit to him, let him lead you.

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