fishers of menJesus told Peter He would make him and Andrew fishers of men. This word applies to all of us.

And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men“ They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Matthew 4:18-20)

Fishing principles

Good fishermen do not catch fish because they are lucky. Success in fishing is not a matter of luck, but of technique.

Know which fish you want to catch (Matthew 10:5-6) – Each type of fish demands a specific lure or kind of bait and a specific season for fishing. It is one thing to fish for trout and another thing to fish for bass. Choose a target group. You will attract what you are and not necessarily, what you want to attract.

Go where the fish are – (Matthew 10:5) – Different types of fish feed in different places and at different times. Not all fish will go to your cell group. We need to win people in the locations where they live, work, study and play, etc.

Concentrate on the type of fish that is taking the bait – (Matthew 10:14) – Concentrate on winning those who are open to hear the gospel. We do not want to ignore anyone, but it is foolish to spend our time on those who do not want to hear. There are different types of soil in which we sow the seed. It is wise to sow in ploughed and prepared soil.

  • Some groups are more open to the gospel than others here are some examples:
  • Visitors that come the second time to a church service
  • Friends and relatives of new converts
  • People with marital problems
  • People who need deliverance
  • Sick people
  • People with serious or terminal diseases in the family
  • Parents of problematic children
  • The unemployed and people with financial problems
  • People who have just moved from another city

Learn to think like a fish – Matthew 9:4; 12:25, Mark 2:8, Luke 5:22; 9:47 and 11:17 – Understand the habits and preferences of each fish. In other words, speak the language that the fish understand.

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Colossians 4:5

A good fishing trip requires that we do some things that are unpleasant for us, but good for the fish – Luke 10:8 – Good fishermen are not concerned with comfort. We need to follow the ways of the fish and not our own ways. Do whatever is necessary to win a soul. A basic principle of fishing is making the necessary sacrifice to catch the fish. (I Corinthians 9:22-23).

We do not fish for men as a hobby; we are responsible fishers of men before God. – Be a serious and diligent fisherman, and the fish will come. For us fishing is not a game or diversion, but the most serious thing in the world.

Sometimes we use the fish themselves as bait – We need to use the greatest possible number of different types of bait. However, the principle is that each fish that we catch can also become the bait to catch more fish. We can use them to increase the potential and scope of the fishing effort. We must use each fish according to its capacity.

When the fish are also the bait

Matthew’s fish (Luke 5:27-29) – When a Matthew converts we need to use him as bait in a big party. We should teach important, rich or very popular people how to throw a big party and be the bait to catch many other fish.

Lazarus’ fish (John 12:1, 9) – People who have experienced a great miracle in their lives need to be taught to give a testimony. In this case, we can prepare a dinner party like the one Lazarus did in Bethany.

Andrew’s fish (John 1:40-41) – Not everyone has great miracles or popular dreams to share, but we all have a close relative, brother or cousin. Right away, each new convert needs to learn that he must invite his relatives to come to Jesus.

Peter’s fish – Peter was bold and daring. He was the type of a person that was always about to explode, that did not beat around the bush and spoke his mind. He was the first to preach and get results on the day of Pentecost. When we have new converts like Peter, we do not have to teach them the need to preach, they will preach whether we suggest it or not.

Paul’s fish (Acts 9:20, 26) – Paul was a cruel persecutor of the church. When they found out about his conversion, some people doubted, but others began to testify with even more boldness. This is an example of a fish that will inspire fishermen more than they attract other fish. However, this is also good, because motivated fishermen are more efficient.

The fish that was healed (John 9:25) – There is no need for a new convert to learn theology before he can testify of the Lord. He can give the testimony of the blind man who received his sight, “Who he was I don’t know, I only know that I was blind but now I see”.

The Samaritan woman’s fish (John 4:39, 42) – People who led an immoral life before conversion become powerful bait. Take them with you to testify just as the Samaritan woman did.

Conclusion

This is no time to get comfortable just because we have had a good fishing trip, but it is time to grow up even more and become better fisherman. Fishing cannot become just a hobby even though it only might last for a season. It is a time to take advantage of the fish that we have caught and use them as good bait.

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