Friday, January 22, 2010

Are you fishing in a barrell?

Jan 21, 2010

The life of Jesus. Read Today: Teaches at temple in the morning; John 8:2

A wise man once said to me, if you want to fish, you are not going to find them in a barrel of water, you have to go to where the fish are. Now I do not fish, I do not like to eat them and I figure why catch them if I am just going to throw them back in, but the words are still true. As Christians we to often try to get our conversions in church. Why are we fishing in the barrel that has no fish in it, or t best, very few. We need to go to where the people are.

Quite a few years ago, a pastor in the Tulsa area started a non-denominational movement to bring all the churches together to make October a month to win souls. Why October in Tulsa? Because in October we have the Tulsa State Fair, Oktoberfest, college football and a few other things. The idea is to go to where the people are to get them saved. Is there a model of that in the Bible? Yes:

John 8:2 VW
(2) And early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them.

Jesus was at the Mount of Olives for the night. Why didn't He just gather those who were around them and teach to them. He wanted to reach many people not just a small amount. If you want to catch fish, go where the fish are. So He went to the Temple. Why? Was it because it was a great place of Worship to His Father, God. I do not think so. He went there because that is where the people are. The Temple is where the people would gather.

Where are you fishing at?

Read for next time: Adulterous woman brought to Jesus; John 8:3-11
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