I was so encouraged Monday night as we hosted the RCBA Evangelism and Discipling Conference. We had a great turn out of people from all over our association of churches who came to receive instruction and exhortation to spread the gospel by serving and loving others.
We also had a great turn out from our church. I was a proud pastor as many of our folks came to learn how to practice evangelism and discipleship with children, with youth, and with adults. I sat in on the sessions geared toward adults, and the content was excellent.
Fishers of Men
We were reminded of Matthew 4:19 where Jesus says to His disciples when He called them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Dr. Larry Gilmore, who led the adult sessions, made the connection that if we are not fishing for men then we are not following Christ. If we are following Christ, we will be fishing for men, and we will be seeing converts to Christ.
Fishing Day—March 24
As we ask what this looks like for our church, I’ve come up with something that I think would help us to instigate this focus on casting our line out into the community. On March 24 we will be having a fishing day. Immediately after the morning service we will stay for a light lunch and then we will be going into the community in order to invite people to our Easter service the next week. We will also be looking for open doors to share the gospel. Pray for this day as we kick off a renewed focus on engaging the world for Christ.
My prayer for all of us is that as followers of Christ, we would be fishers of men. As fishers of men, we have a responsibility to pray for a large catch, to prepare using the best bait, and to be faithful to continually cast our lines. As disciples, we also have the responsibility to disciple others and teach them to observe everything that Jesus has commanded. Let us be faithful in both of these.