Dear Logos Family
“And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matt 4:19 (ESV)
“He said to them, ‘Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish.” John 21:6 (ESV)
Last night at Vision Team meeting we asked the question, “Why would Jesus bookend his ministry with Miraculous Catches of Fish?”
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, he called Peter and John and gave them a new life’s purpose, “….I will make you become fishers of men.” (Matt 4:19) After the resurrection Jesus stood on the shore and advised Peter and John to throw their net on the right side of the boat. Immediately the net was full of fish! John counted 153.
Fishing for men is a partnership with Jesus. It’s not all God, it’s not all men. We work together. And the Lord shows us where, when and how!
Years ago I served as the Pastor of Evangelism at a large church in North Carolina. I was mentored by a man who had served as the pastor of evangelism at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta GA. It was the largest church in our former denomination.
One of the things he taught me about evangelism was the importance of following-up people after they visited the church. Each week I would gather “visitor attendance cards” and make phone calls to those who had visited once, twice up to three times. I wanted them to learn how important they were to the church and I wanted to invite them to join the church. (In the South belonging to a church is a strong tradition.)
I learned from my mentor that evangelism had a lot to do with personal invitation and follow-up. People need to know God loves them and are cared for by the people of God!
Last night I asked the Vision Team three questions related to fishing for men:
1. Do you want the church to grow?
2. Do you pray for the church to grow and expect God to answer?
3. Do you know what to do with new people when they arrive?
My regular prayer is that Logos becomes a church that passionately desires for people to come to Christ and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus!”