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Let's GO Fishing

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It's Time to Fish
 
From the very beginning, Jesus made clear that everyone who followed Him would fish for men.
 
"Follow Me . . . and I will make you fish for people!" (Matt 4: 19)
  • Jesus' introduction in Matthew 4: Every follower of Jesus is a fisher of men. 
  • Jesus' conclusion in Matthew 28: Every disciple is a disciple- maker.
In this one verse, Matthew 28:18, there is an very involved statement- "Make Disciples." By doing these 3 things.
  • Going
  • Baptizing
  • Teaching
We do so by 
  • Sharing the Word - We speak as we share
  • Show the Word - Baptism = identification.
  • Teach the Word - We don't just receive, we reproduce.
Our own IMB President David Platt once said "Disciple making is not simply what happens in a classroom for an hour or so each week; it's what happens when we walk through life together as a community of faith, modeling for one another how to follow Christ." 
While we are here on this earth we have been giving God's spirit for one reason, one purpose. Reaching the world with the gospel - OUR WORLD.
 
Pastor Jeff

 

Good, bad or just plain ugly

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Good, bad, or just plain ugly...

Have you ever stopped and asked yourself; "What kind of witness am I for Jesus? Good? Bad? Or just plain ugly?"  No matter how you answer the question you are at least acknowledging that you are a witness. Because of your belief in Christ, you are a tool of evangelism a tool that Jesus can and will use.

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1: 8)

The tempter does a great job of convincing us that we can not be a witness. We have convinced ourselves that we don't have a enough biblical knowledge, we are not very theological, or we can't name all of the minor prophets.  We are convinced that we are not a "witness" worthy of sharing the story of Christ.

Remember the blind man said "I don't know" 

"Whether he (Jesus) is a sinner or not, I don't know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see." (John 9: 25). 

Even with his self-proclaimed lack of knowledge God used him as a part of the Gospel Message of Redemption. For the blind man that was the extent of his testimony, because it was the extent of his experience with Jesus and it was used. At that moment he became a witness, why can't you?

Many Christians have never taken the time to think through the testimony of their experience with Christ. Yours could probably be explained in a few statements. Given the chance, those few statements might evolve into a more detailed presentation. 

Pastor Jeff

Mercer, Tom. 8 to 15, The World Is Smaller Than You Think (Kindle Locations 1958-1960). Oikos Books. Kindle Edition.

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