Part of the success in catching fish is knowing where to fish. Those who have fished on a particular lake or pond for some time, may already know the best fishing spots. Those who are new to a body of water may have to rely on asking a local expert. As we begin to cast our nets and share the Gospel with others, we have to rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us to the best fishing opportunities. This Sunday we will look at Acts 8, where Philip is guided to two incredible fishing opportunities, and we will unpack the importance of listening to the Lord's leading as we Go Fish.
We know that Jesus ministered to the crowds through His words and His healings. But Jesus also ministered to individual people, and I often wonder if this is the part of ministry that Jesus loved best. One person in particular that Jesus ministered to was a Pharisee by the name of Nicodemus. We don't see Jesus personally ministering to any religious leader, except Nicodemus. So this Sunday we will draw our attention to the importance of ministering to people one on one and how impactful that can be in the lives of others.
Have you ever been compelled to do something? Maybe you had a midnight craving and were compelled to search for a snack, or maybe you were thinking about a friend and were compelled to send them a note or a gift. In John 4, we find Jesus compelled to venture into, of all places, Samaria. Join us Sunday as we look at why Jesus had to go through Samaria, and how we can have that same kind of heart for the One who is lost in our community and world
When we look at the two miraculous catches of fish recorded in the Gospels (Luke 4 and John 21), there is no doubt that Jesus is an expert fisherman. No surprise, right? But that's the incredible thing about Jesus: Although He shouldn't surprise us with His wisdom and power, He does! This Sunday we will unpack John 21 and learn the value of walking with an expert fisherman as we cast our nets.
When was the last time you went fishing? Did you catch anything? There is nothing more frustrating than fish that aren't biting.
Simon understood this; he had fished all night long and netted zero fish. That is until Jesus showed up.
When Jesus arrived Simon and his friends could barely haul in the pile of fish they caught. But the really amazing part of the story is that in the midst of this miraculous catch, Jesus said to them, "Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people." And that day, Simon left his nets for a much larger purpose than mere fish.