Upta Camp

Mark 1:16 As Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and his brother Andrew throwing a net into the water for they fished for a living. 17 Jesus called out to them “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus relates to you on whatever level you are at. Jesus will use your talents, flaws, and personality to share His message with the lost. You may be thinking that there is no way you can do that because maybe you don’t know a lot about the Bible or maybe you will make mistakes. It’s all right, as Jesus will teach you and use your uniqueness to reach others in a powerful way.

Jesus told Simon and his brother that he was going to make them fishers of men. What does that mean? Jesus asked his disciples, “Who am I?” Simon’s answer became the one concept that will either make or break a church. If a church doesn’t get that concept it will not flourish and you will not become good fishermen. Simon’s answer was that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Jesus knew that Simon could have only learned that from God, so He gave Simon the new name of Peter. Peter means “small rock” and Jesus said He was going to build His church upon this rock and all the powers of hell could not stop it. That is an amazing and immovable statement.

The “rock” is the statement and the “church” is the movement or the Ecclesia. The Ecclesia is a body of like minded people that can’t be broken, that will continue to grow, and that will last forever as nothing can stand in their way. The church is supposed to be a partner in the fishing process, but many times that is not the case. We are called to reach people and invite them into His movement no matter where they are at in life. Often times you invest in someone, get them “hooked” and then have no where to introduce them Jesus. It is the goal of FBC to create a welcoming, loving, nonjudgmental environment where non-believers feel comfortable. Pastor Michael said to invest, invite and serve. It is our job to fish, but not alone. We are to partner with the church to bring the unchurched people to a community of believers.