Follow. Fish. Fellowship.

Posted: August 18, 2015 in TLCC
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Where there is no vision, the people perish. – Prov. 29:18

I think, one of the reasons for church decline is really a lack of vision. Ever wondered why you are in church? Ever thought of why we do what we are doing?

A lot of the youth (as well as adults) go to church out of obligation or routine. A lot of parents would force their children to go to church not thinking of the consequences it does to their children.

Here’s the thing. Church used to be something we all look forward to. Until we know what we are doing, until we come to the point of understanding why we do things, we can’t convince people to go with us unless we clearly understood our vision.

So let’s go back to the basics…

Follow. Fish. Fellowship.

#1 Follow God. Together.

Jesus said: Follow Me. (Matthew 4:19)

God created man to be in a relationship with Himself. Notice when He created Adam, God would speak to man, instruct man on what to do. Adam was dependent on revelation from God in order to live in the world that God made. This alone points out the fact that we were designed to have a relationship with God. Then God created Eve. Which means man is not designed to live life alone as Eve is another human being. We were designed to have relationship with others. We were designed to follow God together. Fast forward to the book of revelations, God is preparing a feast at the end. Guess who’s invited? It’s those who follow God.

The point is, we are to follow God. Sermons have been preached on the topic of following God and thus we should indeed be asking ourselves, how do we follow God?

Parents. Do your devotionals with your kids. Show them how to.
Youth. Help out your parents by encouraging them, ask them how to.

#2 Fish for People. Together.

Jesus said: Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19)

We were created with a gift. Our gifts are not meant to enrich ourselves. Our gifts are there so we can use it to fish for people in order for them to know God. In Ephesians 4:12, we learn that God gave different gifts to equip the saints for work of ministry.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ (Ephesians 4:12)

We hire a pastor to fulfill the calling for us. We step out of his way since he is supposed to do ministry. Then if he does a good job, we renew him. As we rely on professional clergy, we forget our call. We become consumer Christians. This is not supposed to be the case. All the saints are called for work of ministry. The job of the pastor is to equip. We’re all full time ministers.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)

Indeed. Our gifts are to be used to serve one another. So go…fish!

#3 Fellowship with other Believers. Together.

Jesus said TO THEM: follow me and I will make you fishers of men. (Matthew 4:19)

Here’s another idea we have to remember. We were not designed to be alone. Jesus called 12 men to be his disciples. It wasn’t a one-man mission. We have to fellowship with other believers. Hebrews 10:25 tells us…

not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Ever had a jigsaw puzzle? What if one piece decides he’s not important enough? The puzzle will not be completed. Each of us a piece of a puzzle. You are important. We all need to be accountable, that’s why we do things together. We will never build character without accountability. We work as a team. We show up on schedule. We hang on when it gets tough. We bond together because in order to grow, we need to be part of a team. Growth happens when you get yourself accountable.

So yes…Follow. Fish. Fellowship.

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