Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 10:00am to Sat, Feb 16 at 12:00pm PST

Open For Business--Fishing

We continue our exploration of what it means to be open for business. This week we're talking about the fishing business. We often talk about being "fishers of men"; what does that really mean?

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The Carpenter schools the fishermen on how to fish...

Luke 5:1-11 NLT

One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon, its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.

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Faith v. Fear...again

This conflict between faith and fear seems to be a recurring theme in our open for business conversations. Here it shows up again. Peter isn't sure whether to exercise faith or to give in to his fear. But, Jesus calms his fears and rewards his faith.

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Fundamental principles of fishing...

There are some fundamental principles of fishing. At a bare minimum they are: you have to go where the fish are, and you have to have the right equipment. Advertising for fish is rarely effective.

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Rod and reel fishing...

This kind of fishing is for hobbyists; it's rarely used by fishermen who fish for a living. Bait and switch is also not a Biblical idea.

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Net fishing...

This kind of fishing is used by those who fish for a living. It's used by people who are serious about fishing. It requires good equipment, good location, and good technique. And, it too requires the fisherman to go to the fish.

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Dynamite fishing...

Far too often this is the style of fishing used. Sticks of dynamite are used to stun the fish into submission. The fishing is not discriminate and it often kills the fish rather than giving them life. It's not a Jesus method of fishing.

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May we pray with you...

Is there a special need in your life that we could pray with you about? Or perhaps you have a praise you'd like to share. We'd love to join you...

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