Go Fish: Because of What's on the Line


Tell Faith-Filled Fish Tales

Fishing stories. We’ve all heard them. “It was this big.” “You should have seen the one that got away.” People love to tell stories of their fishing adventures. When it comes to faith, however, most people clam up. Why is it we can’t talk about what God has done in our lives as naturally as we can spin fishing tales?

In this six-session companion study guide to the Go Fish DVD, Andy Stanley explores the motivation ...

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Tell Faith-Filled Fish Tales

Fishing stories. We’ve all heard them. “It was this big.” “You should have seen the one that got away.” People love to tell stories of their fishing adventures. When it comes to faith, however, most people clam up. Why is it we can’t talk about what God has done in our lives as naturally as we can spin fishing tales?

In this six-session companion study guide to the Go Fish DVD, Andy Stanley explores the motivation behind sharing our faith. Discover God’s heart for those who don’t know Him and the role that we can play in introducing others to Him. Along the way you will be equipped with tools that will help you make sharing your faith a natural part of your life.

This study guide is complete with a leader’s guide and six lessons, including conversation-starting exercises, discussion questions, and application steps.

Story Behind the Book

Andy Stanley, senior pastor of three North Point Ministries campuses, with a cumulative congregation of more than twenty thousand, has had countless conversations with everyday Christians who struggle to share their faith with confidence and ease. Though not everyone has “the gift,” evangelism is something we’re each called to. This curriculum was designed to take the fear out of sharing the good news of Christ, and to help you talk about it as naturally as you would that exciting fishing trip last weekend!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590525487
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Series: North Point Resources Series
  • Edition description: Study Guid
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,224,264
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Andy Stanley serves as senior pastor of the campuses of North Point Ministries, including North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia; Buckhead Church in Atlanta, Georgia; and Browns Bridge Community Church in Cumming, Georgia. Each Sunday, over twenty thousand attend one of these NPM campuses. Andy is the bestselling author of Visioneering, The Next Generation Leader, The Best Question Ever, and How Good Is Good Enough? Andy and his wife, Sandra, have two sons and a daughter.
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GO FISH Study Guide


Multnomah Publishers

Copyright © 2005 North Point Ministries, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-59052-548-5

Chapter One

We Were All Fish Once

When Jesus called His first followers, He had very clear intentions: "I will make you fishers of men." He didn't mention refining their characters, making them better people, or even saving them from their sins-although He did those things too. But of all the things He could have emphasized, Jesus announced that His primary agenda for those who follow Him is to use them to introduce others to their loving heavenly Father. It was true in Jesus' time. And it's still true today.

But that can be intimidating ... How do you do it? What do you say? And what if they don't want to hear it? In this session, we'll reveal an important perspective that cuts through all the obstacles that keep Christians from fishing for men. From this refreshing point of view, you will experience a natural motivation to get in on this part of God's agenda for the world. And along the way, we'll see how God has placed each of us in the perfect place to follow Him and become fishers of men.


God's desire is to take our lives on this earth and leverage them for eternal value by using us to introduce His children to everlasting life. Nevertheless, most of our prayers center around the things of this temporary world. In thespace below, list some of the subjects that are most predominant in your prayer life.

Based on the subjects you listed, approximately what percentage of your prayer time is devoted to eternal things like fishing for men?


From the video message, fill in the blanks:

1. Most people become Christians for purely __________ motives.

2. The first disciples followed Jesus because of what He did for __________.

3. God wants to lead us to become fishers of __________.


______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________


Take a few moments to discuss your answers to these questions with the group.

1. What are the agendas of most people who become Christians?

2. Why do you think the disciples first wanted to follow Jesus?

3. According to Jesus, what is His agenda for His followers?

4. What obstacles keep you from being a fisher of men?

5. Talk about the person who was key in you becoming a Christian.

6. Who is someone that God has perfectly positioned you to influence?


* Often, people's initial motives for following Christ are selfish ones.

* Jesus promised to make His followers into fishers of men.

* Every follower is a prime candidate to fish for men.


This week, write a brief thank-you letter to the person or people who took the time to make sure you understood the gospel message of salvation and the invitation to enter into a relationship with God through Christ. You do not have to send the letter in order to complete this assignment.


Thinking about the person who introduced you to Christ, what unique platform did that person occupy in your life that enabled him or her to be heard by you?

What unique platform(s) do you occupy that God might want to use to make Himself known to the nonbelievers in your world?


As you meditate on God's Word, it becomes easier to envision His agenda of making us fishers of men.

"'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I will make you fishers of men.'" Mark 1:17

Last week ...

In the last session we saw that Jesus had one clear goal in mind for His followers. It wasn't just to make them more holy or more disciplined or more loving. He promised to make them "fishers of men." And as we saw, He has the same agenda for us today when we decide to follow Him.


Excerpted from GO FISH Study Guide by ANDY STANLEY Copyright © 2005 by North Point Ministries, Inc.. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Foreword-Invest and Invite 7
Fishy Motives 9
Session 1 We Were All Fish Once 11
Session 2 Why Fish? 19
Session 3 Fish Guts 27
Session 4 Fishing Buddies 35
Session 5 Muddy Water 43
Session 6 The One That Got Away 51
Leader's Guide 59
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