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GO FISH Study Guide
By ANDY STANLEY
Multnomah PublishersCopyright © 2005 North Point Ministries, Inc.
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Chapter OneWe 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 __________.
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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.
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
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.
THINK ABOUT IT
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?
CHANGING YOUR MIND
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.
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