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  1. The BaitThe EquipmentThe Fish

  2. Finding the Fish Matthew 4:19 And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

  3. Musht, Tilapia, St. Peter’s Fish

  4. Barbled Fish

  5. Sardine “small fish”

  6. Clean Unclean Albacore (Crevalle, Horse Mackerel, Jack) - Alewives (Branch, River Herring) - Anchovy - Barracuda Bass - Black Drum - Black Pomfret (Monchong) - Blue Runner (Hardtail) - Bluebacks (Glut Herrings) Bluebill Sunfish - Bluefish - Bluegill - Bonitos - Bowfin - Buffalofish - Carp Chubs (Bloater, Longjaw, Blackfin) - Cod - Common Sucker (Fresh Water Mullet, White Sucker) Crappie (Black or White Crappies) - Drum Flounder (Dab, Gray, Lemon Sole, Summer/Winter Flounder, Yellow Tail) Grouper (Black, Nassau, Red, or Yellowfish Grouper, Gag) - Grunt (White / Yellow Grunts) Gulf Pike (Robalo, Snook, Sergeant) - Haddock - Hake - Halibut - Hardhead - Hardtail (Blue Runner) Herring (Alewife, Branch, Glut. Lake, River, Sea Herrings) - Kingfish Long Nose Sucker (Northern or Red Striped Sucker) - Mackerel (Cobia) Mahimahi (Dorado, Dolphinfish - NOT the mammal dolphin) - Menhaden - Minnow - Mullet Muskellunge (Jacks) - Orange Roughy - Perch (Bream) - Pike (Pickerel, Jack) - Pig Fish Pollack (Pollock, Boston Bluefish) - Pompano - Red Horse Sucker (Redfin) - Red Snapper - Redfish Robalo (Gulf Pike) - Porgy (Scup) - Red Drum (Redfish) - Rockfish Salmon (Chum, Coho, King, Pink or Red) - Sardine (Pilchard) - Scup (Porgy) - Sea Bass Sergeant Fish (Gulf Pike) - Shad - Sheepshead - Silver Hake (Whiting) - Silversides Smelt (Frost, Ice Fish) - Snapper (Ebu, Jobfish, Lehi, Onaga, Opakapaka, Uku) - Snook (Gulf Pike) Sole - Spanish Mackerel - Steelhead - Striped Bass - Sucker (Red Horse Sucker, Redfin) - Sunfish Tarpon - Trout (Gray Sea, Lake, Sand Sea, White Sea, Spotted Sea Trouts, Weakfish) Tuna (Ahi, Aku, Albacore, Bluefin, Bonito, Shipjack,Tombo, Yellowfin, Yellowtail) Turbot (except European turbot) - Whitefish - Whiting (Silver Hake) - Yellow Perch Bullhead – Catfish – Eel – European turbot – Marlin – Paddlefish – Shark Stickleback – Squid – Sturgeon (includes most caviar) – Swordfish

  7. The Parable of the NetMatthew 13: 47“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. 48When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

  8. 49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  9. “We regard no one from a worldly point of view”2 Cor. 5:16 Everyone is either a child of God Or a potential child of God

  10. Who are the “fish?”

  11. 120 million Americans have dropped out of “organized religion” and no longer identify with a church.

  12. 30,000 per year leaving LCMS

  13. 36 million Americans claim no faith29 million in 200112 million in 1990

  14. Americans who have no connection with any Christian tradition >the number of active Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians combined.

  15. Translate to home: 320,000 population CSA120,000 unchurched

  16. 100,000 in ministry area33,000 unchurched

  17. Surprises about the fish….

  18. Surprise No. 1Most of the unchurched prefer to attend church on Sunday morning if they attend.

  19. Surprise No. 2 Ninety-six percent of the unchurched are at least somewhat likely to attend church if they are invited.

  20. Surprise No. 3 Very few of the unchurched had someone share with them how to become a Christian. And Christians have not been particularly influential in their lives. They would like to develop a real and sincere relationship with a Christian.

  21. Surprise (?) No. 4 The type of evangelism most often resisted by the unchurched is an uninvited visit to their homes.

  22. Surprise No. 5 Many of the unchurched are far more concerned about the spiritual well-being of their children than themselves. The Rainer Research Group

  23. So why don’t we do it?

  24. Spiritual Lethargy - The problem for many Christians is that they are not growing spiritually, and lack of spiritual growth inevitably leads to a diminished desire to share Christ with others.

  25. 2. Growing Doctrinal Laxity - One of the faster-growing belief systems today is pluralism: all religions lead to God. -Denying the existence of hell undermines the urgency of placing one's faith in Christ.-Intolerance misunderstood

  26. 3. Busyness What priority do you give to reaching the lost?

  27. 4. Fear of Rejection Fear of rejection is an often-used excuse by Christians for their failure to witness. Causes a failure to Invite

  28. 5. Losing the Habit of Witnessing Witnessing, like prayer and Bible study, is a discipline. It is a habit to learn, to retain, and, if lost, to regain.

  29. What Does this Mean?

  30. DISCIPLESHIP! Devoted followers of Jesus!

  31. INTENTIONALDISCIPLESHIP! FEED LEAD

  32. TODAY A Matter of Life or Death

  33. TODAY Hangers Cards Prayers

  34. TOMORROW: Stay Tuned I believe God is calling Peace to discover and implement the joys of FOLLOWING JESUS EVERYWHERE