And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”(Matthew 4:19)
Last time I shared with you that one of the special things about fishermen is their ability to work together, and I promised to share with you the analogy of fishing in terms of soul wining.
There are basically two common ways to fish, you can use a net(fishing net) or a rod with a hook(fishing rod). Both instruments have their own style and requirements for getting the job done. Let us start by looking at the fishing rod style of soul wining.
1.The fishing rod way of soul wining
This method of soul wining is not for the impatient because you may need to wait before your fish gets hooked. In order for the fishermen to catch a fish using the fishing rod, he/she needs a lure (bate) that will be used to hide the hook, because no fish is stupid enough to bike a naked hook. Fishermen who use fishing rods always have someone that will serve as a lure(bate), it could be anything from worms to another type of fish, it depends of the kind of fish the fishermen is after.
In terms of soul wining this kind of strategy can simply be called the ONE MAN ONE SOUL, a soul winner simply just has a single person as his/her target and then goes with his/her hook(the message of repentance, salvation and judgment) and covers it with a lure(the message of love, redemption and forgiveness). This method of soul winning is used by those who do door to door evangelism or those who only preach to one person at a time.
Jesus made his desciples fishers because he knew that some times they will meet people who will never repent until they are lured by the love of God. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.”(Mark 1:17).
2.The fishing net way of soul wining
This method of fishing doesn’t work everywhere, you can’t use this method if the waters are shallow. In order to fish using a fishing net you’ll need a boat and at least one partner, this method catches many fish in one go. One person will be in the boat while the one is in at the opposite of the boat and close to the shore, the net will stretch from the person on the boat to the person close to the shore. The two parties will eventually come together as the one close to the shore moves away from it and goes to the boat. The fish between the men on foot and the boat will get caught by the net.
In terms of soul wining, this type of method is used in crusades and open-air evangelism, there is no specific target the main aim is winning as many souls as possible. This method is very critical because for it to work it needs collaboration, there may be one preacher but the preacher needs others to create an audience for him/her.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:19-20)
May we all be fishers of men so that the kingdom of God will grow and the messenge of Christ will reach all the corners of the world.
Thank you ladies and gentlemen for being part of softteachings, today (18th July) I’m celebrating the 9th anniversary of the day I gave my life to Christ, it has been a wonderful journey and by the grace of God it’s only just a small teaser of what is to come. Next week God willing, we’ll start a new topic. Shalom