In the 1991 film "The Perfect Storm,” five fishermen
head out to sea in order to catch a ‘boatload of
fish.’ After several days, they had very little to
show for their efforts. Tensions on board began to
mount, the crew began to bicker with one another and
even question the ability of the captain. The lesson
here is simple: When fishermen don't fish, they
The Gospel of Luke shares a similar story with us in
chapter five. As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of
Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and
his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the
lake, for they were fishermen.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “And I will make you
fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and
You don’t have to be in church for very long before
someone uses the word evangelism.” What that word
means is to teach and introduce others to Jesus.
Why? Because you are convinced that without a
relationship with Jesus, that person will never have
the opportunity to go to heaven. Sounds simple. And
yet, can be intimidating.
An artist, seeking to depict on canvas the meaning
of evangelism, painted a storm at sea. Black clouds
filled the sky. The only illumination was a flash of
lightning. A little boat could be seen falling apart
under the pounding of the ocean. Several men were in
the water fighting to keep their heads above the
water line. The only glimmer of hope appeared in the
foreground of the painting, where a large rock
protruded out of the water. There, clutching
desperately with both hands was one lone seaman. It
was a moving scene. Looking at the painting, one
could see in the tempest a symbol of mankind’s
hopeless condition. And true to the gospel, the only
hope of salvation was the "Rock of Ages"; a shelter
in the time of storm.
Nevertheless, as the artist reflected upon his work
he realized that the painting did not accurately
portray his subject. So he discarded the canvas, and
painted another. It was very similar to the first:
the black clouds, the flashing lightning, the angry
waters, the little boat crushed by the pounding
waves, and the crew vainly struggling in the water.
In the foreground the seaman was still clutching the
large rock for salvation. But the artist made one
change. The survivor was holding on with only one
hand, and with the other hand he was reaching down
to pull up a drowning friend.
That, my friend, is a picture of evangelism. Jesus
called it ‘fishing for men.’ His analogy is hard to
beat. There is a story told about a fisherman from
Minnesota. He was very well prepared. He knew how to
fish. He had everything you need to be a good
fisherman. He had poles, nets, bait, and even a
really nice boat. Yet, this fisherman
had a problem—he never caught a fish. Not one! Not
ever! And you know why he never caught a fish? He
never pushed out. He had all the knowledge and all
the equipment, but he never got into the boat. He
never left the dock.
Every preacher dreams of having a church full of
fishermen. To help make that call easier, we have an
opportunity coming up for you to introduce your
church to your family, co-workers, and friends.
We’re having a Comedy Dinner Outreach Event on March
7. This is your opportunity to invite an unchurched
person to come to an exciting event where they can
rub shoulders with your church friends as well as
have a fun evening of dinner and comedy. And who
doesn’t like that?
All you have to do is invite someone. We will be
selling tickets to our Comedy Dinner Night through
most of February. You can pick up tickets at the
Welcome Center and/or Church Office during the week.
Think about who you would most like to introduce to
your church and extend an invitation today!
[Ron Otto, Lincoln Christian Church Preaching