Part 2: FISH GUTS 2/22/2015

SERIES: GO FISHING By Pastor Philippi

Part 2: FISH GUTS 2/22/2015

Happy to Fish

My dad wasn’t a big fisherman, but we went fishing every summer when we went to the lake in Minnesota. We went fishing at 5 a.m. Dad would fix pop tarts for breakfast and I still think of going fishing with my Dad when I smell pop tarts. We would fish for sunfish and catch one or two hundred a day. Fishing was fun, but cleaning was not the job you wanted. Once I got good at cleaning fish I didn’t mind doing it as much.

Jesus told us we would be fishers of men. I believe every one of you would love to be a soul winner; you would love to go to heaven with 15 or 20 coming along with you. Winning someone to the Lord is like having a baby without the pain. Yet they say less than ten percent of all Christians have won anyone to the Lord. I think it’s not because we don’t want to, but we’re afraid to.

If you receive this message it will be a lot easier to go fishing. I am going to give you something to help you get over the fear. I’m not talking about going door to door, just stepping into your opportunities. I want you to get excited about fishing.

If someone was going to receive the death penalty for something they didn’t do, if you were a witness you would be happy to testify to set him free. You are being called upon to witness to this world what you saw and what Jesus did for you.

Acts 3:1-10 tells the story of the lame man healed by Peter and John. When the lame man was healed he was walking and leaping; that was testifying. The result of all this led to 5,000 getting saved. You never know that small thing you do how it may multiply.

Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, (NKJV) Repentance leads to good things such as refreshing. When you say, “Yes Lord,” He enables you to repent.

They saw a Need

The need is great. Have you ever wondered at a large event how many are saved? How many people are dying without Jesus? People understand they have a need, they just don’t understand Jesus is the answer to that need. Our young people in America have the highest self esteem of any people on the earth. We may rank 80th in education, but we feel good about ourselves. The suicide rate is also the highest in the world. There are more important things you need to teach. They need to know Jesus.

You have Something the World is Looking For

They will laugh at you and reject you sometimes, but you really do have the answer. You need to start spreading seed. You have what they need.

The devil doesn’t care what you believe. When it comes to fishing you have to get in the boat and go get them. It’s about what you say. Start talking about what Jesus did for you. You don’t need a seminar to be taught about your own experience.

They were asked who gave them this authority to heal. Peter began to speak in defense under the power of the Holy Spirit and he responded in Acts 4:10-12 let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. 11 This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’  12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (NKJV)

It’s Not About What You Believe, But What You Have Seen and Heard

The world gets upset when you proselytize others and make them believers. That’s when they get upset. We must show the world we love them. There is a hurting world and we have good news. Why would you withhold good news from those who need it? The good news is you don’t have to be depressed or addicted.

Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. (NKJV) Being with Jesus makes you a fisherman. How can you spend two hours a day in prayer and not tell anyone what He has done for you?

Acts 4:14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. NKJV People can’t fight your testimony. People can see the difference in you from before you got saved.

Acts 4:18-20 So they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” (NKJV) Speak what you have seen and heard. There is a demonic conspiracy in the spirit realm to stop you from speaking. When you understand it’s demonic you can defeat that devil in the name of Jesus. Pray every day for Jesus to give you boldness.

John 3:16 Our Pattern

All you need to know is John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

God loves! If somebody loves you they are going to give to you. If they hate you they will take from you. What He wants to give us is eternal life. Everyone lasts forever; they die forever or live forever. He loved and gave.

Faith activates your salvation; whoever believes. We just have to believe that He died for us. Keep it simple. You don’t have to know the answers to all of their questions. God loves you, God gave to you; just believe it and receive it. It’s a gift, just take it. He gave His son to die in place of you. Do you believe that and do you receive that? Fishing is just that simple.

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Part 1: GO FISH 2/15/2015

SERIES: GO FISHING By Pastor Philippi

Part 1: GO FISH 2/15/2015

Think of the day you got saved. Do you remember who was instrumental in that? That is your story, your journey. Nobody can argue your testimony; it is what happened to you.

Jesus’ story began by being baptized by John the Baptist. Immediately following he went into the wilderness and was tempted for 40 days. He came out of the wilderness in the power of the Holy Ghost. The first thing He did after coming out was bring in disciples. He chooses to involve people, to involve us in His mission.

Fishers of Men are Made by Jesus

Mark 1:14-20 tells the story of Peter, Andrew, James and John. They were doing what they were. Jesus was where the people were, he went to them where they were doing what they do. They were fishermen, but He was going to make them something else.

We think we have the following part. Are you doing what He is doing, going where He is going, and acting like He is? If you follow Him, He will make you something. What has Jesus made you? He was making them fishers of men. And their response was immediate. They left their nets; they left what they were, to become something else, to become fishers of men. They left their father and the business.

We need to stop being what we were and start being fishers of men. Followers of Jesus fish. Why does God calls us; so we can feel better about ourselves, so we can get rich? All He really wants to do is make you a fisher of men. He didn’t just call them to it, He made them.

When God called people to repent it was so they could see what God was about to do. When God called you to be saved it was because something was about to happen in your life. He saved you to make you a fisherman.

Fishing Requires Action

You have to repent. You have to wake up. I like to see meteor showers, and often it’s at two or three in the morning. We have good intentions until the alarm goes off. We repent in order to become something, in order to be a part of something. Things are coming alive. He wants to make us something. We want to do something; we don’t always want to be something.

Luke gives more details in his story of this. They had fished all day long and it was 2 p.m.; that’s not when fish are normally hungry. The best time to fish is early in the morning. If you will be a fisherman you have to pay a price. A carpenter was telling them how to fish. We think we know how to do it, but we need Jesus to make us fishers of men. They then did what He told them and they caught so many it almost sunk the boat.

The Purpose of Revival to Fish for Men

In the weeks to come I will talk about fish guts and all kinds of stuff. We will understand what Jesus made us to be. He will send us where the hard cases are. He will send us to the people that everyone else has given up on. You will see your loved ones saved. A season of fire or revival is to get people saved, not just to excite you. All of the exciting things of revival is to make you a fisher of men.

He sees something in people that no one else saw. And He calls them out of what they are doing and who they are and calls them to be a fisher man.

Fishing Made Simple

Let me train you how to do that. Smile and tell your them, “God loves you.” He has a plan for your life.” Just tell them what God did for you. They can’t argue that. You don’t have to explain every topic they don’t understand. Keep them focused on a relationship with Jesus Christ.

What’s your story? You were a fish once. We were all fish and somebody fished for us. I want you to think about who was the most influential person who won you to Jesus. Write that person a letter and thank them for caring enough, for praying enough. Even if they are deceased I still want you to write the letter. It won’t just bless you, it will bless them.

When you get to heaven He will be interested in who you were. Were you a fisher man?

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