Fishing…for people?

Shamu!!

I enjoy fishing although I do not get to go much anymore. I’ve been doing a study on Jesus’ statement, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men.” Jesus called ordinary men and poured into them throughout his life and they changed the world through their witness.

Here’s a few thoughts I have on fishing for people:

We need to think like a fish When is the last time we remembered what it was like to be lost?

You have to go where the fish are We need to build relationships with lost people in our community

– We can’t expect them just to jump into the boat Lost people do not really want to come to church, they are in need of the church to go to them.

You have to be patient It takes time to invest in order to catch fish, God is the one that changes them, we just need to keep going.

Let God clean them We can’t expect people to quit bad habits and get right before they accept Christ.

Any thoughts on being fishers of people?

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4 responses to “Fishing…for people?

  1. I think you are right…. Jesus had a loaded statement when he said what he said about fishing. I think one thing that is important is bait. Alot of people today use the wrong bait. They are trying to hook people with what they can get out of God. The truth is when we are saved we get God. Not a wonderful plan. Not your best life now. Not a new car. You get the something much better. You get God. Its funny because we wonder at this point why some people act like consumers in our church. The reason they got into this Jesus thing was to get something out of it. They misunderstand that coming to Jesus is giving.

  2. I agree about the “bait” … and am concerned about all of the “plastic tackle” being used today … free gas, feel good ministries, X-rated sermon series, etc … We must remember, “fishers of men” was a statement Jesus made to guys who fished with NETS … not a tackle box full of lures. The model their approach to fishing evokes for us an approach to evangelism that involves presenting the truth (throw the net), calling for repentance and faith (pull it in), … move down a little or paddle over and throw the truth out again and start over … I think some make a mistake by focusing too much on our talents as fisherman instead of calling people to be faithful as fisherman. Just my two cents worth …

  3. I agree about the “bait” … and am concerned about all of the “plastic tackle” being used today … free gas, feel good ministries, X-rated sermon series, etc … We must remember, “fishers of men” was a statement Jesus made to guys who fished with NETS … not a tackle box full of lures. The model this approach to fishing evokes for us an approach to evangelism that involves presenting the truth (throw the net), calling for repentance and faith (pull it in), … move down a little or paddle over and throw the truth out again and start over … I think some make a mistake by focusing too much on our talents as fisherman instead of calling people to be faithful as fisherman. Just my two cents worth …

  4. Thanks for the responses on this. It is a great point that Jesus brought up as the calling for the disciples. They weren’t just called to be Jesus’ entourage, but to reach people with the gospel.
    I agree with you about how much the “bait” has become the approach of some in Christian circles. If the “bait” that is used is artificial and is flaky, the person who runs into the tough times of living for Christ, they will not have a strong foundation to stand upon.
    Great point in throwing out the net and calling people to commitment and faith in Christ, it is refreshing to see this happening at Celebration Baptist Church.
    I’m all about being creative but if the focus stays upon how man can put an “extra spin” on the simple, but life-changing gospel, then people will be misled. Paul gives us a clear picture of what the dangers of a “man-made” gospel entails.
    For me, I’m learning that a big part of life is summed up in these words, “live to please man or live to please God.”

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